A £3.5m grant to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage and landscape of the Westmorland Dales has been given initial approval¹ by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme².

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund said,

Our historic landscapes are incredibly important to people’s wellbeing and need to be protected. Some of the landscapes we are funding today are in the most remote parts of the UK; others form an important backdrop to some of our largest cities.  What they all have in common is the potential to make people’s lives better, which is why they are so richly deserving of National Lottery money.

A development grant of £317,204 has been awarded by HLF to enable Friends of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to develop their plans and seek final approval for the grant amount of £3.2m for implementation at a later date.

Additional notes:

¹ HLF’s Landscape Partnership (LP) programme operates a two-stage grant approval process.  Today’s announcement means that money has been set aside by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the scheme. The applicant initially receives development funding, then progresses to the second round and submits a further, fully-developed application to secure the full award.  This early level of strong financial commitment means that Landscape Partnership projects can move forward with the assurance that funding for their scheme is in place provided that their final proposals fully meet the programme's criteria. 

² HLF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities.  Grants range from £100,000 up to £3m.  The next closing date for LP applications is May 2017.