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Rural communities and groups in Wrexham County Borough are invited to apply for grants between £1,000 and £25,000 to help them celebrate, conserve or protect their own heritage.

Northern Marches Cymru are offering the grant to support schemes for bilingual cultural activities, small scale restoration and interpretation of historical monuments or to celebrate particular heritage features of a community.

To qualify the project should demonstrate that communities have joined together to research and develop the history and culture of their areas and it should be of benefit to the local community.

Funding is provided on a 75% basis with the remainder provided as match funding from community groups or organisations, the private or in kind match funding.

The Heritage and Culture Grant covers only those wards designated by the Welsh government as “rural” for the Rural Development Plan 2007-12. Anyone who is uncertain if they are eligible to apply for grant assistance should call 01978 298381 or email heritagegrantsnmc@wrexham.gov.uk.

David Darlington, Chair of the Northern Marches Cymru Partnership, said:

“Whether you’re a Brownie group from Bronington, a mining group from Minera or a Friend of one of the many heritage groups in rural Wrexham we’d love to hear from you. The grants are a perfect way of celebrating the culture of our rural areas and I encourage as many groups or individuals as possible to talk to us about their ideas and how it could benefit their communities.”

Northern Marches Cymru is an unincorporated association and is recognised by Wrexham County Borough Council as the delivery body for rural regeneration programmes in rural Wrexham.

Its long term aim is to improve the quality of life of local people by providing economic opportunities, encouraging community engagement and decision making and improving the quality and diversity of the built and natural environment.

For further information and about how to apply please contact 01978 298381 or email heritagegrantsnmc@wrexham.gov.uk.

For further information about Northern Marches Cymru please visit their website www.northernmarchescymru.co.uk, www.gogleddgoraucymru.co.uk.

This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.