Grants for craftsmanship in Sussex

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Luca Nieddu, an oak timber frame maker, who received funding from Sussex Heritage Trust

The Sussex Heritage Trust has announced a programme of funding and bursary opportunities available for 2022.

Funding has been received for the second year from the Ian M Foulerton Charitable Trust to support educational opportunities and grants for people in Sussex.

The deadline is fast approaching for the Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund – a partnership between the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) and the Sussex Heritage Trust. Grants of up to £2,000 are available to help save endangered crafts in Sussex and include a wide variety of support for training, learning a new craft or technique, training an apprentice, running workshops, or finding innovative approaches to supporting and promoting endangered crafts.

In 2021, six grants were awarded to Sussex-based crafts people including flint wallers, a brickmaker, a trug maker, and wallpaper conservationist.

Jordan Robbins, a flint wall constructor

Potential applicants who would like to talk over a project idea are encouraged to contact Mary Lewis, HCA endangered crafts officer at mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 22.

The Sussex Heritage Trust has further funding available to increase and enhance educational opportunities for young people and people from all walks of life based in Sussex, who are or hope to be in the construction industry.

Bursaries are available to support those wishing to attend short courses on building conservation techniques at the Weald and Downland Living Museum and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Funding is available throughout the year.

For further details on how to apply for a Sussex Heritage Trust bursary and the Sussex Endangered Grants Fund please go to www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk or contact the office on office@sussexheritagetrust.org.uk.

The Sussex Heritage Trust bursary and Sussex Endangered Crafts Fund are supported by the Ian Foulerton Charitable Trust, Hans and Marit Rausing Charitable Trust, the Radcliffe Trust, Seaward Homes and the Architects’ Company.

Wallpaper conservationist, Deborah Bowness

Image Credits: Sussex Heritage Trust , Suki Dhanda .

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