HLF is committed to providing MPs with information and advice about our funding in their constituencies and I would be very happy to meet with you, provide opportunities for you to visit an HLF funded project in your constituency or supply you with further information about any of the projects mentioned in this letter.
As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, with around £375million a year to invest in new projects and a considerable body of knowledge, we are also a leading advocate for the value of heritage to modern life. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our heritage. Since 1994, HLF has supported over 36,500 projects allocating more than £6billion across the UK.
We have identified a number of priority development areas within the North West; one of which is Hyndburn. Priority Development Areas are the focus of additional targeted activity by our development staff who will be doing more to raise awareness about Heritage Lottery Fund programmes and supporting local organisations and groups in making applications for grants in these areas. As a Priority Development Area Hyndburn will not receive automatic funding but our aim is to generate a greater number of good quality bids which will be able to compete with applications from other places.
Within Hyndburn HLF has awarded £4.6million to 41 projects. In the last year this includes:
· Initial support to Rhyddings Park, which has a derelict corner where the only original park buildings and the former kitchen garden are located. Refurbished, these will provide a community hub to celebrate local heritage, promote activity and wellbeing, and generate income for the park.We are keen to highlight our First World War initiative with Parliamentarians as we have at least £6million available to enable people to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. Since April 2010, we have awarded over £45million to projects which explore the heritage of the First World War.
· Funding to Lancashire Women's Network for a cultural heritage project that will capture, document and celebrate the stories of first generation South Asian women who migrated to East Lancashire in the 1960s and 1970s.
In your constituency we have funded ‘Pals for Life’, an 18 month project that gives opportunities to local communities to develop their understanding of the First World War. The project focuses on the human stories behind those affected, the Pals that joined and the families they left behind. We have also awarded Broadfield Specialist School funding for their ‘Home Alone During World War One’ project, which will enable students to work with artists and historians to investigate what life was like for young people who were left ‘home alone’ during the First World War while their fathers and brothers went to war.
HLF are hosting a breakfast reception on the 22 October in the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons to mark the beginning of the centenary of the start of the First World War. We will showcase HLF-funded community projects which are exploring different aspects of the First World War, across the UK, and we will continue to outline our First World War: then and now programme which is open to your constituents for the duration of the centenary of the war. Invitations will follow but we hope you will be able to join us for this event.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about our work, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Government and Parliamentary Relations Manager
Heritage Lottery Fund
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London SW1W 8NR
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