Since 2008, the Yorkshire and the Humber team has been working closely with Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) and Voluntary Action Kirklees (VAK) and other local partners to encourage more applications from across Kirklees.
Kirklees has a wealth of heritage to celebrate but despite this, the area had received fewer grants from HLF than many other areas of Yorkshire. Consequently it was designated a ‘priority area’ for the duration of our last strategic plan (2008–2013), with HLF development officers working in the area to encourage more good quality applications. Work included running workshops and training events, attending funding fairs and holding regular meetings with partners. The development team has also offered additional support to all groups working on applications in the area.
The work has been a great success. Since 2008 we have awarded a total of 23 projects across the borough, totalling over £3million. These included grants to a range of community organisations under the Your Heritage and Young Roots schemes, as well as larger projects to reinstate the bandstand at Beaumont Park and at Huddersfield Rugby League. A Townscape Heritage grant of £2million will help regenerate Dewsbury.
Although from March 2013 less officer time will be dedicated to encouraging applications from groups in Kirklees, we are still keen to see good quality projects put forward. We hope that the projects we have funded already will inspire other groups to celebrate their heritage. So, whichever aspect of Kirklees’ heritage you choose to explore, we still want to hear from you, and can help you to develop your project.
If you would like advice on your heritage project, please see our programme guidance and complete a project enquiry form online.