Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 15-02-2019

Cash injection available for heritage organisations

by TH

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Organisations who need a cash injection to help support the heritage of the Isle of Man are being urged to apply for funding.

Manx National Heritage is distributing money from the Donald Collister Heritage Grant Scheme for the final time.

The money was left by John Donald Collister, a former Colby resident, who left his estate to MNH for the benefit of the Manx nation.

Director Edmund Southworth says: This was a very significant bequest to the charitable funds of the Manx Museum and National Trust and our Trustees felt it appropriate to create a heritage programme that benefited the local community and the Island as a whole.

"At the time we received the bequest we consulted widely as to the manner in which it could be utilised in order to reflect Mr Collister’s life and interests. 

"Over recent years our Trustees have gifted over £140,000 to local community projects such as to Arbory School for their horticulture development and education programme, Laa Columb Killey, the Manx Aviation and Military History Museum, St Peter’s Church at Cregneash, and also Arbory Church for a window commemorating Captain Quilliam."

Small grants, of up to £5,000, are available to local volunteer groups responsible for the care preservation and conservation of collections, Manx heritage trusts and charities.

They can also be accessed by members of congregations or committees of historic churches.

Applications must be received by March 31st.

"At the time we received the bequest we consulted widely as to the manner in which it could be utilised in order to reflect Mr Collister’s life and interests."

Edmund Southworth, Director

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