HERITAGE projects across the Richmondshire district of the Yorkshire Dales are being encouraged to take advantage of funding aimed at conserving the area's rich history.
Richmondshire District Council's Heritage Grant Scheme is now open for applications and £15k is available to be shared amongst projects which aim to improve a historic part of the community, or conserve an area of local importance.
The authority has been running the scheme for the past few years, and previous recipients have included Scorton Parish Council for replacement of an ornate lamp and Richmond Town Council for the refurbishment of a memorial at Willance's Leap.
In Reeth, a grant of almost £6, 500 contributed to the £28, 000 refurbishment of the cobbles in The Mews, a job recently completed.
Additional funding came from the Local Strategic Partnership's Community Fund, Yorkshire Dales National Park and Reeth Parish Council; who also managed the project.
"The end result in Reeth perfectly sums up how we hope these grants can benefit communities", explains District Council ward member and Reeth, Martin Bearpark.
"They are local projects, achieved in partnership with other funders, to improve areas of local heritage. I hope the Council will receive applications from a wide range of groups who have identified something they would like to conserve, restore or improve."
Full details of the scheme are available from Conservation Officer, Ann Smith, on 01748 829100, or from richmondshire.gov.uk.
The closing date for applications is 31 October 2007.
- Photos show the cobbles in Reeth before and after they were renovated using the Heritage Grant Scheme