We have been awarded a £421,500 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Catalyst Umbrella grant for our new national learning and support programme, Building Resources, Investment and Community Knowledge (BRICK). The three year programme will start in 2014.
An important part of our work has always been to equip individuals and community groups to carry out their own heritage regeneration projects. BRICK will allow us to make our expertise available to a much wider audience and to promote the sustainable reuse and regeneration of heritage sites across the UK.
The BRICK programme will include national talks, regional workshops and targeted mentoring support. It will be supported by an innovative digital platform for peer-to-peer learning, allowing projects from all over the UK to communicate with each other and attract support from volunteers and potential donors.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of PRT said, “We see so many individuals and groups with the ambition to preserve heritage sites and reuse them for the good of the community. While it is impossible for us to directly work with each one, with this grant we will be able to engage and share our heritage expertise with many groups through training and the new digital platform BRICKwork. Not only that, the programme will be the channel through which the groups will learn from each other and market themselves to potential funders and volunteers. We are looking forward very much to launching the programme in 2014.”