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Council approves acceptance of Heritage Lottery Fund award for canal project


Glasgow City Council today approved the release of £35,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Great Place funding to Scottish Canals for partnership activity as part of the project.


This funding is for the development of a Cultural Heritage Arts Strategy for the canal area in Glasgow, as part of a wider HLF Great Places project with almost £520,000 funding from the HLF, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, Test Unit and the Tourism Development Destination Fund.


The wider project will include:


  • Support for the growth of the Glasgow Canal Festival and fringe heritage events;
  • The production of a cultural heritage arts strategy;
  • Delivery of a volunteer and training programme to provide education and qualifications for local people;
  • A local communities ideas programme and a digital competition to engage communities with the local heritage of the canal;
  • A stalled space heritage programme along the banks of the canal; and
  • Providing a platform for professionals and universities to explore new ideas to stimulate inclusive economic growth on and close to the canal.


    The £35,000 funding will be allocated to Scottish Canals to support the delivery of the wider HLF Great Places project at the canal, which will see the heritage of the area embedded in local plans and decision-making.


Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “While we have seen regeneration activity along the banks of the canal in recent years, investment such as this from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the other project partners can help us move on to the next stage of its development, bringing even more benefits to local communities.  Using the heritage of this historic part of Glasgow is a great way to engage with both local people and organisations and those from further afield in order to show them the fantastic attractions and potential of this emerging city quarter.”

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