Heritage Lottery initial approval for Institute Plans

The BADT’s application for capital funding towards the restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute has been awarded a Round One pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund, paving the way for a full application in 2014 on completion of further development work.  In addition the Trust has been awarded a grant of £80,900 which will enable completion of the development phase work.

Charles Wild, Chair of the Bridport Area Development Trust, said, “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported our proposals. The restoration of the Institute will safeguard the future of one of the town’s most important historic and cultural landmarks and will provide attractive and well-serviced facilities for a range of community and educational activities, in line with the objectives of the Institute’s founders.”

Richard Bellamy, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said, “We at HLF are pleased to be giving our initial support for exciting plans to restore Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute. The project, if successful at second round, will totally rejuvenate this much-loved and historic building, bringing it back to the heart of the community for everyone to use and enjoy. Volunteers form the backbone of this project and have been the driving force behind its success so far and we are looking forward to working with them and seeing plans progress over the coming months.”

Full story:in press release.

The BADT’s application to the Heritage Lottery was backed with significant match-funding commitments from Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council, Bridport Town Council, the Challenge Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund, and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and was accompanied by specialist reports commissioned with the help of funding from English Heritage and private donations.