by MARK ARMSTRONG
LISBURN'S Castle Gardens is to host a seminar for groups and organisations interested in regenerating their local park later this month.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) seminar will give advice to potential applicants to the Parks for People programme, which offers grants between £250,000 and £5million for projects that regenerate public parks of national, regional or local heritage value. Through the HLF, Castle Gardens was able to secure £2.75million to restore its historic 17th century terraces and upper Victorian park and is one of over 1000 projects in Northern Ireland to have received such a grant since 1994.
HLF Development Manager, Una Duffy said the seminar will help interested parties learn more about the scheme and the steps involved in the application and assessment process.
"As with any funding application, the process can seem complicated so we have designed this seminar to offer a guiding hand throughout the initial pre-application stage. The seminar will provide information about the programme, the application process and how to access further support from HLF, and we would encourage anyone who is considering applying to the programme to attend."
While most applications for the Parks for People programme are led by local authorities, not-for-profit organisations and partnerships between local authorities and other organisations are also welcome.
"We have a range of grant giving schemes to support the breadth of heritage, and we would be happy to offer advice to any group or organisation interested in becoming involved in a heritage based project," said Mrs Duffy.
The seminar is being held on Thursday April 29 at Castle Gardens.
For further information about the Parks for People programme log on to www.hlf.org.uk or contact the HLF on 028 9031 0120.