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Millions available for local heritage projects

Thursday 11 February 2004

COMMUNITY groups eager to learn more about their local heritage, or restore sites of interest to their previous glories, are being encouraged to apply for millions of pounds available for Local Heritage Initiatives.

The LHI scheme was launched four years ago to encourage local groups to become involved in protecting or restoring important sites, backed by the Countryside Agency and sponsored by the Nationwide Building Society.

At its annual meeting held at the British Museum in London yesterday (March 10) it was reported that so far the Heritage Lottery Fund has handed out over £10 million in grants of up to £25,000 each.

Projects supported ranged from preserving ancient reed beds in Lancashire, creating mini-parks in urban Staffordshire, or hiring a professional story teller to take groups of school children on walks through historic areas of Durham.

The LHI scheme still has six years to run and many millions of pounds are available for local groups who wish to improve or preserve local heritage sites. More details are available on www.lhi.org.uk


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