“15-Minute Heritage Grants” available for small-scale heritage projects in Wales (application deadline 14 October 2020)

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has partnered with Cadw – the Welsh historic environment body is seeking applications for its 15-Minute Heritage Grants to support small-scale projects based in Wales which help to connect communities with heritage in their local area.

15-Minute Heritage is seeking projects that record stories of people’s connection to the buildings, monuments, landscapes and parks within about 15 minutes of their doorstep.

The grant scheme also actively encourage projects that aim to find value in unexpected ways, and in places that aren’t ordinarily seen as historic, but which create stronger connections between heritage and local residents’ sense of place and community. Heritage isn’t all about castles or listed buildings. It can also be the corner shop, the pub or the post box.

Project Activities

Project activities could include:

  • the creation of cycling or walking trails
  • murals or pop-up window displays
  • development of digital resources, such as interactive maps, videos, exhibitions or podcasts
  • small-scale physical works such as plaques or interpretive panels

Funding Information

Grants of between £3,000 – £10,000 are available for projects based in Wales that will encourage engagement with their local heritage.

Eligibility Criteria

The fund will support:

  • Projects led by local authorities and a range of third sector organisations including those already involved in the promotion of heritage at a community level, such as local history and civic societies, and voluntary groups with an interest in heritage.
  • Museums with projects that explore the heritage outside their doors are also welcome to apply. 
  • Organisations that care for heritage attractions in Wales including not for profit organisations that care for historic buildings and sites that open their doors to visitors more than 28 days a year, such as historic places of worship.
  • Private owners of heritage can apply as long as the funded activity is free to access, invites exploration by local community members and makes an effort to engage those members of the community who could benefit from it most.
  • The grant particularly encourage community groups who are not heritage-based to get involved and to explore their interpretation of heritage by taking a closer look at what’s on their doorsteps. Local landmarks could be buildings, footpaths, skateparks, schools, community halls, parks, bridges or barns – they’ve all played their part in shaping the landscape around us today. Applications are welcome from any project which recognises and interprets this. 

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 14 October 2020.

For further information and details of how to apply, visit 15-Minute Heritage Grants.

Image: Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales.