Thanks to National Lottery players, Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is offering funding for conservation projects in the Ingleborough area.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that restore, celebrate or increase understanding of the area’s natural, historical and cultural features. Projects supported by previous grants include the restoration of historical features, improving footpaths, walk leaflets about archaeological features on Ingleborough, books about aspects of the area’s heritage, improving facilities for visitors to farms, new interpretation panels at The Folly about Settle’s history, and habitat conservation work.
The grants are part of Stories in Stone, a programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which is led by YDMT and mainly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Chris Lodge, Stories in Stone Project Officer, said: “The Heritage Grant scheme provides an opportunity for residents and local groups to run a project that helps to protect an important element of the area’s rich historical and natural heritage that they value. If anyone has an idea for a project I’d be happy to talk it through with you.”
The deadline for applications is 7 January 2020. Chris added: “Stories in Stone finishes next year so this will be the last opportunity to apply for a grant. We expect competition to be high and we’ll need to prioritise the projects that we can fund, but we’ll support as many as we can.”
Stories in Stone is enabling people from all backgrounds and of all ages to learn about, enjoy and help manage the stunning limestone landscape around Ingleborough, both above and below ground. The programme is delivering a huge number of projects including restoring field barns, historical features and wildlife habitats, involving people in archaeological digs, digitising archives, providing a range of training opportunities, offering new learning opportunities for local school children, improving physical and intellectual access, and delivering events and activities.