Borough Council of Wellingborough

Grants for nature and heritage in Nene Valley

Published Monday, 14 October 2019

Nenescape Landscape Partnership is open for applications to a new round of small grant funding.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, grants of up to £1000 or £3000 will be awarded in December or January to community organisations for projects that celebrate the heritage and nature of the Nene Valley.

Recipients of previous grants include the Rushden Historical Transport Society, who built a ramp to increase access into their Goods Shed, and the National Leather Collection in Northampton, where paperwork relating to the museum and its collection has been archived by a team of volunteers. Irthlingborough Archaeological Society was awarded a grant to conduct a geophysical survey of an Iron Age and Roman site in the Nene Wetlands as part of a bigger archaeology project. A community group in Castor and Ailsworth on the edge of Peterborough created two new walking trail maps that highlight the special nature and heritage features of the local landscape. The big decision of who the grants go to is made by a panel of volunteers who meet and score applications according to set criteria, and all applicants receive constructive feedback.

Amanda Johnson, Project Manager, said: "This is a lovely opportunity for small groups, particularly those led by volunteers, to access National Lottery Heritage Fund grant money to celebrate the nature and history of the Nene Valley. Without National Lottery players, we wouldn’t be able to do this, so huge thanks go to them."

Vikki Green, Curator at the National Leather Collection, said: "Having this grant has meant that we can work through our archive with a fantastic team of volunteers and get it organised. We’ve seen so many interesting documents and photos, many of which help tell the story of leather in Northampton and the Nene Valley. We’re a small organisation so the funding really helped us make a big impact with sorting our archives."

Currently available, there are grants of up to £1000 in ‘Listening to the Landscape’ which focus on the natural heritage of the Nene Valley, the species and habitats that make the landscape unique and distinctive. Applications for this round must be in before 4pm on 2 December. Also, the ‘Stories of the Nene’ grants of up to £3000 are available for projects that make all kinds of heritage in the Nene Valley more available to the public. The deadline for applying for these grants is 6 January 2020.

Stay up to date with social media @nenescape and through the website nenescape.org. For specific information about the community grants, contact amanda@rnrp.org.