Portadown Heritage Tours receives grant of £10,000 from the Community Heritage Fund

Portadown Heritage Tours receives grant of £10,000 from the Community Heritage Fund

Portadown Heritage Tours receives grant of £10,000 from the Community Heritage Fund for local heritage project in Portadown.  

 

Portadown Heritage Tours had been awarded £10,000 through the Community Heritage Fund.

 

The Community Heritage Fund, which The National Lottery Heritage Fund is delivering on behalf of the Department for Communities, will help people in Northern Ireland to connect with their local heritage.

 

29 projects from across Northern Ireland, including Portadown Heritage Tours have been awarded grants totalling £241,900, helping people to strengthen connections with the heritage in their community.

 

The project in detail

The funding will help Portadown Heritage Tours to develop our CATCHCommunity Activities Tourism and Cultural Heritage Initiative under our present National Lottery Heritage Fund ARCH Programme, to equip local community groups interested in heritage to engage with the wider programme and heritage generally in a meaningful way.

The funding will enable Portadown Heritage Tours to use technology and digital solutions to address the pandemic challenges and ‘Catch up’ with people in new ways and encourage them to ‘Catch up’ with heritage. The funding will provide the opportunity to provide and develop skills in online courses to help people from School Children to Silver Surfers to engage with us as digital curators.

 

Chairperson, B Partridge, expressed his thanks;

 

“Portadown Heritage Tours are grateful to the Department for Communities and The National Lottery Heritage Fund for providing this funding.  Thanks to this grant, we can reach out to new audiences in our community and help them to better understand the heritage on our doorstep”.

 

The Community Heritage Fund is part of the £29 million Executive allocation that was made to the Department for Communities to support the arts, culture, heritage and language sectors which have been severely impacted by COVID-19.

 

This is the latest package of support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the Heritage Sector across the UK throughout the COVID-19 Crisis.  Last year, the organisation committed over £600million of National Lottery and Government funding to more than 1,500 heritage organisations, along with expertise and advice on adapting to the pandemic.

 

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Paul Mullan, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

 

“Our local places have become more important than ever throughout this pandemic. And through this fund, we hope to encourage people to get to know their local heritage that bit better.

 

“We’re grateful to the Department of Communities for providing the funding and we’re delighted to fund a diverse range of projects which will make a huge impact on many communities across Northern Ireland”.

 

To find out more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund, go to: www.heriatgefund.org.uk