Almost £50,000 awarded to South Kesteven heritage projects in second round of grants

St Andrew’s Church, Boothby Pagnell, received £3000 towards the restoration of the porch and Lych gate

InvestSK, South Kesteven’s economic growth and regeneration company, has awarded £47,999 of grant funding to fourteen heritage projects across the district in the second wave of announcements made under its Heritage Alive! programme.

The grants, which have been made available by South Kesteven District Council, have been awarded to projects across the length and breadth of South Kesteven, including all four market towns and rural areas. The funding will support various heritage schemes to deliver important conservation and interpretation work ranging from restoration and oral history projects, to community archaeology and events.

Among the grants awarded, four churches have received funding towards urgent construction work and five community groups have been awarded funding for improvements to historic community buildings.

The majority of projects have been awarded funding from the programme’s ‘intervention’ category, which carries the largest grant sum of up to £4,000. These grants will be used to support the conservation, restoration and preservation of heritage across the district.

Chief executive of InvestSK, Steve Bowyer, said: “I’m delighted we’re able to support such a diverse range of heritage projects across South Kesteven. I’m particularly pleased that many of the projects receiving grants from the Heritage Alive! programme will use the money to top-up community funding already raised to help meet their final targets.

“Our Heritage Alive! grants are supporting charities, community groups and places of worship from towns and rural villages across the district to continue the fantastic work they do to conserve South Kesteven’s heritage.”

InvestSK’s Heritage Alive! funding programme is designed to celebrate and conserve South Kesteven’s built and cultural heritage. Applications can cover a range of projects – from inspiring engagement with local heritage, intervening to protect heritage or making heritage more accessible.

Grant applications are currently closed for this financial year but will reopen again on 1 April. For more information, visit: www.heritagealive.co.uk