England, London & South: delegated decisions April 2022
Project Title: Chyan Heritage Forest
Applicant: Chyan Community Trust
Project description: To build on the heritage orchards at Chyan, including tree planting and granite sculpture creation. A five year programme of courses and community initiatives such as environmental events to host new skills, talks, meetings, workshops and celebration.
Project Title: Vibrant Stories: creative responses to the heritage of Jewish small communities
Applicant: Jewish Small Communities Network (JSCN)
Project description: To collect personal stories of Jewish Heritage in small communities and bring them to life through artist-led creative endeavour. A group of volunteers will be trained to find and record personal and other histories. Artists will interpret work to be exhibited at community venues.
Project Title: Great Torrington Men's Shed workshop
Applicant: Torrington & District Mens Shed
Project description: To refurbish an old storage and work space in a walled garden, known as The Vicarage Garden, to create a space for Men’s Shed community workshops.
Project Title: Battle of Lewes 2022
Applicant: Swords of Albion
Project description: A free Medieval re-enactment of the Battle of Lewes 1264. The re-enactment takes place on the site of the original battle, concluding with the surrender of King Henry at Lewes Priory, with activities for schools and a banquet.
Project Title: The Vindication of Christmas: The 375th Anniversary of Crayford and the Second Civil War
Applicant: Crayford Reminiscence and Youth
Project description: To explore and share the history around Parliament’s cancellation of Christmas in 1647 and the events that followed. It will engage with a range of partner organisations to produce outputs with the community including animated films and performances.
Decision: Award grant of £77,801
Project Title: The Wytches Vendetta
Applicant: Phlixa Productions CIC
Project description: The creation of a short film dramatising the 1682 trial and execution of three women from North Devon, drawing parallels with current issues surrounding women’s rights and the law.
Project Title: Our Stories: Chinese Communities in the UK
Applicant: Ming-Ai Association
Project description : A 27-month project to collect the settlement histories among the Chinese communities across the whole of the UK. The project investigates the local histories between the Chinese communities and their councils; builds a new community heritage network; and provides training to both the members of community organisations and volunteers, aiming to raise the awareness of the importance in preserving community heritage.
Project Title: Wren300 - engaging with our greatest architect
Applicant: Diocese of London
Project description: A programme of events and activities around the tercentenary of Sir Christopher Wren, collaborating with schools, churches, industry professionals and wider audiences.
Decision: Award grant of £241,000
Project Title: Renewing the Legend Pole
Applicant: Kushti Bok
Project description: Renewal of The Legend Pole carving as a catalyst to revitalise Kushti Bok, an organisation which supports Gypsies, Roma and Travellers and promotes their heritage. The project will also deliver a programme of related activities to promote understanding and positive representation of the Dorset Traveller Community.
Decision: Award grant of £73,025
Project Title: Tower Hamlets Community Arts Festival
Applicant: Lighthouse Art Group
Project description: To organize an art festival, during which members of different communities, different age groups and social strata of the local community will have the opportunity to show their artistic abilities.
Project Title: Come Dine in Blue Publication
Applicant: Hartslane CIC
Project description: The publication of Come Dine in Blue: a visual and written recollection of personal and collective untold stories of identity, belonging, and cultural heritage depicted in Blue-and-White, engaging with five different Lewisham migrant & refugee communities typically excluded from heritage and archival practice.
Decision: Award grant of £9,999
Project Title: Coxside Carnival: Celebrating Plymouth's "Forgotten Corner"
Applicant: Coxside Residents Arts Board
Project description: To build on the recently restarted Coxside Carnival, and look to past Coxside Carnivals to inspire a post-lockdown carnival in 2022 which celebrates Coxside’s past and present.
Project Title: Reaching In and Reaching Out
Applicant: Arts and Health South West
Project description: The co-production of a series of workshops and training days focusing on engaging young people with heritage and creating an evaluation framework for future phases.
Decision: Award grant of £10,000
Project Title: Wallington Village Heritage Project
Applicant: THE INSPIRATION FEDERATION
Project description: The Wallington Village Heritage Project (WVHP) will help bring to life the history of a suburban village through two local celebratory exhibitions, a learning programme and a digital Wallington Village Heritage Trail map.
Decision: Award grant of £9,950
Project Title: My Words
Applicant: Museum of Colour
Project description: 'My Words' expands MoC’s concept of portraiture, donations, response and performance to recognise and celebrate the contribution of poets and spoken word artists of the global majority to the national/British cultural heritage from 1766-2016.
Decision: Award grant of £99,973
Project Title: Royal Academy of Dance - The RAD Archive
Applicant: Royal Academy of Dance
Project description: The project will establish a new library, archive and public exhibition and events spaces at the Royal Academy of Dance. It will increase engagement with diverse community groups through volunteering opportunities and workshops.
Project Title: It takes a Village to raise a Child
Applicant: Billy Youth Engagement Project
Project description: A programme of workshops delivered over a period of one year from the Broadwater Farm Community Centre in Tottenham, Haringey, North London. Each workshop will cover a specific topic related to the heritage of African and African Caribbean communities in the UK.
Decision: Award grant of £9,994
Project Title: Dartington Crystal History and Heritage Exhibition
Applicant: Dartington Crystal Holdings Ltd
Project description: The creation of a new visitor facility including exhibitions and activity area showcasing the history of Dartington glass.
Project Title: Sharing the UK's Jewish liturgical heritage
Applicant: Masorti Judaism
Project description: Conserving and educating about the UK’s Jewish liturgical and musical heritage, creating accessible online resources.
Decision: Award grant of £98,560
Project Title: Ex Admiralty MFV "WILD GOOSE"
Applicant: Lorraine Babb and Martyn Babb
Project description: To restore a 1943/4 Ex Admiralty MFV ‘Wild Goose’, a motor fishing vessel and Registered Historic Ship.
Project Title: Improving Community Access Project
Applicant: The Parochial Church Council of The Parish of Saint John the Evangelist, Newbury
Project description: To create a fully accessible glass entrance porch to the church building.
Project Title: British Kenya and The Mau Mau Uprising: 70 Years After
Applicant: Learning Through The Arts
Project description: This project will revisit the heritage of British Kenya Colony and The Mau Mau Uprising (1952–1960) during the 70th anniversary of the revolt in 2022.
Project Title: Kent Pilgrim Festival 2022
Applicant: Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome
Project description: Kent Pilgrim Festival sets out to engage audiences through the provision of a series of events in and around the deprived districts of the town of Dover.
Project Title: Making Discover DeCrypt resilient and sustainable for the future
Applicant: Discover DeCrypt
Project description: Creating organisational resilience, ensuring that Discover DeCrypt can develop as a vibrant and sustainable organisation within Gloucester. The project focuses on business planning, fundraising and audience development.
Decision: Award grant of £62,800
Project Title: Silence
Applicant: Tara Arts Group
Project description: Silence is a three-phase project based around the heritage of the South Asian diaspora in the UK - a stage production, digital educational resource, and heritage-based community engagement project.
Project Title: Learn and Light Up Paulsgrove!
Applicant: Paulsgrove & Wymering Carnival Association
Project description: Sharing the history of Paulsgrove with the local community, investigating time periods from the Domesday Book to present.
Decision: Award grant of £10,000
Project Title: Sweet Thames: The London Folk Club Heritage Project
Applicant: Star Creative Heritage
Project descriptions: To research, preserve and disseminate the heritage of London folk clubs from their origins in the 1950s until their recent decline from ageing audiences, diminishing venues and Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.
Decision: Award grant of £58,296
Project Title: Wander & Wonder Feasibility Study
Applicant: Wander & Wonder CIC
Project description: To assess the feasibility of establishing a community business model to provide secular events and activities aimed at deepening connection with natural and built heritage at places of worship.
Decision: Award grant of £9,650
Project Title: A PLACE CALLED HOME
Applicant: The GLADE Centre
Project description: To recruit and train a cohort of 6 new ‘Heritage Associates,' for example, Somerset residents aged over 18 years drawn from ethnically diverse communities and heritage, to be trained and equipped to go into schools, community groups and engage with public bodies and the third sector.
Project Title: Untold Cornish Story
Applicant: 4elementz CIC
Project description: To tell the untold stories of black lives, women and LGBTQ+ people in Cornwall through research, workshops and creating learning materials. To engage young people in celebrating diverse Cornish heritage and provide diversity history training to museum staff and teachers.
Decision: Award grant of £10,000
Project Title: Nigerian Festival UK
Applicant: Ebony Ambassadors CIC
Project description: The Nigerian Festival UK will be a day-long event to celebrate Nigerian cultural traditions and bridge the cultural gap between generations. It will include a range of side events including Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Corner and Nigerian History Corner.
Change in Grant Percentage
Project Title: HOPE for the Future – Heritage, Outreach and Preservation of Natural History
Applicant: Oxford Museum of Natural History
Project description: HOPE for the Future will rehouse and safeguard the British Insect Collection, protecting the nation’s natural heritage for future generations. It will restore the Westwood Room to its original 1860 condition. The project will include an extensive public engagement programme.
Recommendation: Increase grant percentage from 52% to 57%