Published - Monday, 02 March, 2015
Local grant giving charity Northamptonshire Community Foundation distributed £53,639 to local groups in February including 3 grant awards to a diverse range of heritage groups. The Foundation, which supports grassroots projects, groups and people in the county made 12 awards.
Grants Director Rachel McGrath said ‘We’re delighted to support these local groups all of whom are doing exceptional work and improving their local communities. We have identified the need to increase the number of activities that are preserving local heritage and furthermore we recognise the importance of celebrating local heritage to create a sense of belonging and civic pride in Northamptonshire.”
Some of the groups who were awarded money included:
The Masque Theatre group who were awarded £2,000 to create an original drama event for Northamptonshire, which will highlight and celebrate the town’s link to Shakespeare, in the year of the 400th anniversary of his death.
Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust who were awarded £3,000 to buy a range of conservation tools and gardening equipment along with native shrubs and plants to create a native hedgerow and wildlife picnic area.
Friends of Northampton Castle who were awarded £5,000 to create a virtual reality tour of the castle to improve the whole experience of the castle and a unique heritage experience, giving visitors a greater degree of autonomy for their own exploration - as close to walking around the real thing as possible
Friends of Northampton Castle