Cambridge Community Heritage (CCH) have received confirmation that their bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for funding to provide ongoing support to community groups undertaking Heritage Lottery Funded All Our Stories projects has been successful. The funding ensures that these local heritage projects will be provided with training and help running their project activities in 2013 by the University of Cambridge. CCH was extremely successful in Phase 1 of the Research for Community Heritage project and 90% of the local groups in East Anglia who received advice from University of Cambridge researchers in preparing their application were successful in being awarded up to £10,000 funding each from the HLF. As part of Phase 2 delivering the All Our Stories projects, the CCH Research team have already held a workshop on oral history and another on using historical archives this year, which were very well received by the community groups. You can find out more about their projects on the CCH website here.
The AHRC have invited CCH to have a stand at their Connected Communities Showcase in London on Tuesday 12th March which is targeted at policy-makers, practitioners, community-focussed organisations, social enterprises,
professional bodies, media and a wide range of other potentially interested stakeholders from the business, public, voluntary and community sectors. The event will showcase the outcomes and impacts of projects like Cambridge Community Heritage and to provide opportunities for networking and discussions about future research directions, knowledge exchange and potential collaborations.
Following the success of All Our Stories, the HLF have launched their new programme of funding called Sharing Heritage today. The programme will award grants from £3,000 to £10,000 for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage which can be applied for by non-profit groups at any time. To find out more about applying and the expected outcomes for people, heritage and communities, please see the HLF website here. For inspiration, watch Michael Wood’s video below to find out about some of the 500 All Our Stories grantees.