First Heritage Alive! Grants Awarded

Over £9000 has been awarded to heritage projects in South Kesteven through the Heritage Alive! grants fund. 

Trevor Ridsdale and Sue Sulston from the ChristChurch Community Project receive their grant funding from Cllr Helen Goral, SKDC, Claire Saunders, InvestSK, Cllr Matthew Lee, SKDC and Steve Bowyer, InvestSK.

This week we were thrilled to present the first five grants under the Heritage Alive! funding programme.
Grants totalling £9,200 have this week been awarded to community groups, charities and places of worship across the district.

The funding, which is awarded by InvestSK, South Kesteven District Council’s economic growth and regeneration company, has been awarded to projects which celebrate, highlight and interpret elements of the districts rich heritage.

The first five groups to receive funding for their projects are: The ChristChurch Community Project, The Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Grantham Civic Society, Stamford Community Orchard Group and The Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society.

Following on from the exciting results of a geophysics study that Grantham Civic Society commissioned of St Peter’s Hill Green, the Society will use their £2,000 grant to carry out a community archaeology project to investigate the findings. They hope to confirm the location of St Peter’s Chapel which once stood there and locate the base of the Grantham’s Eleanor Cross.

The ChristChurch Community Project was awarded a £2,000 grant to produce a booklet, a short interpretation film and some displays to explain the history of Finkin Street Methodist Church in Grantham. This will include information on the development of Methodism, and the church’s links to Margaret Thatcher and her family.

The Lincolnshire Rivers Trust will use their £2,500 grant to produce a geocache trail and ‘treasure map’ interpreting the history and ecology of the River Witham and how this has been shaped and altered by Grantham’s mills over time.

Dr Chris Hulbert from Stamford Community Orchard Group receives grant funding from Claire Saunders, InvestSK and Councillor Matthew Lee, South Kesteven District Council.

The Stamford Community Orchard Group was awarded a £2,000 grant to produce botanical drawings of the six variations of apples developed by Brown’s Nurseries in Stamford and Grantham in the 1850’s. The drawings will be complimented by interpretation to highlight the loss of traditional apple varieties and encourage the planting and conservation of more local types.


And The Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society will use their £700 grant to fund seven vintage buses to visit Grantham on 14th September for the Heritage Open Day festival, with free trips on the buses being offered around Grantham and the surrounding area.

Chief executive of InvestSK, Steve Bowyer, said: “South Kesteven’s rich heritage is a huge asset to the district. With funding made available through the Council, we’re delighted to support projects that conserve and protect this heritage so it can continue to be enjoyed by visitors and residents for years to come.”

Councillor Matthew Lee, the Leader of South Kesteven District Council, said: “I am delighted to see such a fantastic range of Heritage Alive! awards being made in this first round. These grants provide very practical help to community groups and charities that work tirelessly to conserve South Kesteven’s heritage and I would urge other local groups working within the sector to consider applying for funding too.”

The next round of awards to be announced will be for the ‘Intervention’ grants which focus on conservation and restoration work to buildings and artefacts.

InvestSK’s Heritage Alive! funding programme is designed to celebrate 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.

Grants are still available but applications for funding from the current financial year must be submitted by 16th March

Full details can be found here