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New funding available for Cultural and Heritage sectors

Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 9am 0 Comments

New funding is available to help the cultural and heritage sectors respond to the opportunity presented by the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH18). With Northern Ireland’s rich heritage and culture this year provides a great opportunity to present and explore this heritage in a variety of new and interesting ways.

The challenge for the heritage and cultural sectors is to think about how they make more of individual sites, things, places and stories and collaborate to create more joined up narratives and experiences for visitors (local and from further afield).

Over the past year, Tourism Northern Ireland has commissioned some work to explore how EYCH18 could work in Northern Ireland and they produced the reports A Prospectus for Change and EYCH An Exploratory Case.

Following on from the report, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tourism Northern Ireland and Department for Communities Historic Environment Division have established a joint funding of £400K. This funding is being offered to the heritage/cultural heritage sector to explore the challenges and opportunities that have been outlined.

As the EYCH18 commences in January 2018 Heritage Lottery Fund will be launching the programme at the same time.

Heritage Lottery Fund will be managing the grant programme of behalf of the other partners and will be using their existing grant programme (Heritage Grant Programme).
 
Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland will be holding a workshop on 10 January 2018 in the Duncairn Arts and Cultural Centre (10am-12pm) to outline more about the proposed funding, the types of projects they are seeking to support and the application timelines.

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