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Givan launches funding scheme to help realise the value of our Heritage

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Communities Minister Paul Givan, MLA today launched the Historic Environment Fund in the historic surroundings of Campbell College.

This fund seeks to support and encourage a wide range of actions and initiatives to conserve and realise the potential of our historic environment. Following a public consultation the framework for the Fund has been organised under four themes: Heritage Repair; Heritage Regeneration; Heritage Revival and Heritage Research.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said: “I am delighted to be at Campbell College in this fine listed building to launch what is an important initiative for my Department and to encourage organisations to apply for funding before the closing date of 10 October 2016.

“The Historic Environment Fund (HEF) draws together a number of funding streams which are available to support our heritage. This ranges from listed building repairs; to support for communities to investigate their archaeology; enables councils to encourage maintenance activities; schools to help them visit Monuments in State Care; and, communities to regenerate historic monuments in their local area.”

The Minister continued: “My intention is that this support will help stimulate action right across the historic environment. Our heritage is a finite resource, as well as a source of great pride with huge potential to contribute to our economy through tourism and the construction industry. It is vital that we work together across all possible routes to ensure that this legacy is protected, valued and highlighted to achieve its maximum potential.”

Further information on how to apply to the Fund is available from the Department for Communities website: www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/historic-environment-support

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