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The grant scheme is just one aspect of the Great Place project, which is funded by The Arts Council England (ACE) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and is one of 16 pilot projects running across England.

Project manager Michael McBratney said: “There is opportunity for more people from all communities to get involved in even redefine how arts, culture and heritage make Herefordshire a Great Place to live, work and visit; opportunity to profile innovative multi sector partnerships, seeing arts, culture and heritage work together in the interests of community health, wellbeing and enterprise; and opportunity to change the way we communicate, coordinate and collaborate to make arts,
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culture and heritage central to the social and economic sustainability of the county in the long term.”

A total of 748,000 from ACE and HLF was awarded to Herefordshire Cultural Partnership in spring 2017 and with additional local funding the project totals 933,000. It will run until March 2020.

The Great Place aims to get more residents to experience and be inspired by arts, heritage and culture and to make sure the county’s arts, heritage and cultural organisations will be more resilient.

There will also be an annual conference, supported by the Elmley Foundation, that will provide support for communities, colleagues and volunteers to explore and challenge thinking around rural culture.

In partnership with the Hereford based Brightspace Foundation, Great Place will deliver an open data research programme the first time Herefordshire’s cultural data has been mapped and shared for the benefit of all.

The team will work with Herefordshire Council to support successful community takeovers of places or spaces that can be used for new creative and/or cultural activities, and collaborate with people who are passionate about Herefordshire’s tourism, education,
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health and wellbeing.