East Midlands funding priority for Heritage Lottery Fund

Lincoln Castle The Heritage Lottery Fund is backing a visitor centre at Lincoln Castle
Derby Roundhouse The HLF also funded the restoration of Derby's Roundhouse
Nottingham Castle However, the city council's plans for Nottingham Castle were rejected by the lottery fund

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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has set up a number of priority areas in the East Midlands in a bid to encourage more applications from the region.

Since the HLF began, in 1994, the region has received about £300m - less than almost every other English region.

The only one to receive less during the same period was the North East.

A spokesperson said both Derby and Boston, in Lincolnshire, had been identified as "priority development areas".

HLF-backed projects in the East Midlands

Lincoln Castle

"We are holding additional strategic meetings and running extra funding events in these areas," he said.

But, some projects in the region which have already applied for funding have missed out, including a £14.9m bid by Nottingham City Council to help make Nottingham Castle a "world class heritage attraction".

Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said it was "disappointing" to see lower levels of funding for the East Midlands but added the council hoped to resubmit the bid.

Other bids from the region to be rejected in 2013 included an £80,000 Derbyshire Wildlife Trust bid to monitor water voles and a £14,000 Dambusters oral reminiscences project by the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire.

Region

Amount awarded (in millions) up to April 2013

Number of projects

East Midlands

302.06

2,898

East of England

374.86

3,388

London

1,067.68

3,344

North East

269.65

2,061

North West

590.44

3,558

South East

559.75

3,595

South West

507.46

3,559

West Midlands

390.03

3,213

Yorkshire & Humber

413.10

3,026

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