Sue Beardsmore (Chair)
1. Welcomes and apologies
Sue Beardsmore, the Chair, welcomed everyone to the eighth meeting of the Committee for England, Midlands & East. She also extended a warm welcome to the new members of Midlands & East staff.
The Chair had received no apologies prior to the meeting.
2. Minutes of the meeting held on 9 December 2020 and matters arising
The minutes were approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. There were no matters arising.
3. Declarations of interest
There were no conflicting interests declared prior to the meeting.
4. Chair’s Report
The Chair thanked the Committee for their support in these continued challenging circumstances and their help during the Committee change over. She highlighted her thanks to the staff and noted how much the grantees valued the support and flexibility that the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Midlands and East staff had provided.
5. Corporate Update
The Executive Director of Business Delivery presented the update on corporate activity.
6. National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22 Committee Briefing
The Committee were presented a short overview about some of the changes that were being introduced to the priorities and outcomes of the National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021 -22 programme to help the heritage sector’s recovery both socially and economically post COVID-19.
7. Ross Framework Presentation
The Committee were presented a summary of the work carried out by the ROSS consultants and how the ROSS framework was adapted to meet the needs of the grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
8. Area Director’s Report
The Director for England, Midlands & East, presented the Area report.
SF4 Second round applications for discussion and decision
9. Powering Forward: Re-energising the visitor and learning experience
Grantee: Museum of Power
Request: £890,700 (76%)
Project: To deliver a programme of capital improvements to enhance the visitor offer at Maldon's Museum of Power. A new museum entrance would integrate reception, shop and enlarge the café seating area. Display and interpretation of the building and collections would be transformed. A programme of volunteer skills development and learning activities would increase visitor numbers and sustain long term viability.
The Committee for the East of England had awarded a first round pass of £948,600, including Development Grant of £57,900 (73% of eligible development costs) in September 2018.
The Committee for England, Midlands & East AWARDED a grant of £890,700 (76%).
10. Prioritisation of Delivery round applications
The project was awarded the grant as requested.
SFF Delivery round applications for discussion and decision.
11. Saving Worcestershire’s Heathlands
Grantee: Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Request: £523,600 (38%)
Project: A five year project, following a one year development phase, to acquire Dropping Well Farm and restore it as an area of lowland heathland. The acquisition would connect four surrounding Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Wildlife Sites to create the largest block of heathland habitat in Worcestershire.
The Committee for England, Midlands & East awarded a development grant of £41,400 (93%) and a potential delivery grant of £523,600 (38%) in September 2019.
The Committee for England, Midlands & East AWARDED a grant of £523,600 (38%).
12. New Stories, new audiences
Grantee: Association of Independent Museums
Request: £774,700 (95%)
Project: To form a new strategic relationship with AIM on a three-year scheme to help members develop new audiences; to tell neglected or lesser known stories that related to their local area, their mission, groups, individuals or heritage that were not currently explored.
The Committee for England, Midlands & East awarded a development grant of £12,200 (94% of eligible development costs) and a potential delivery grant of £742,700 (95%) in March 2020.
The Committee for England, Midlands & East AWARDED a grant of £774,700 (95%).
13. Prioritisation of Delivery round applications
The projects were awarded the grants as requested.
Marion Blockley left the meeting.
14. Future Parks Accelerator
The Committee were presented slides about the Future Parks Accelerator Programme.
Perdita Hunt left the meeting.
15. Any other business
There was no other business.
Meeting closed at 13.13. The next meeting would be held on 16 June 2021