Land of Oak & Iron Programme Development Timeline
The Heritage Lottery Fund Bid process:-
- Round 1 Bid submission 2013
- Development Phase – community engagement, finalising project content, budget estimates, assignment of project leads
- Round 2 Bid submission 2015
- Delivery phase 2016-2020
Round 1 Development
Community engagement and consultation commenced in early 2013. This consultation was used to build engagement, establish what relevant activity was already occurring in the area, identify need and develop project ideas for the bid utilising a wide variety of methods including:
- Meeting ‘friends of’ and community groups
- Speaking at lager existing community meetings such as with Parish Councils, AAP, golf clubs etc
- Meeting all three VCS organisations in the area
- An online and paper survey
- Public drop in events at each local authority
- Meeting other relevant organisations such as Gibside, Beamish, Colleges etc.
In May 2013 a Round 1 bid to Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted. The success of this nationally competitive bid meant that HLF earmarked 2.2M toward a £3.5M funded programme in the project area.
Round 2 Development
Throughout this 2+ year development process the partnership followed HLF guidelines and ‘best practice’ from previously successful Landscape Partnership programmes to develop the Round 2 bid. This included more consultation with a wide range of stakeholders to develop project ideas identified at Round 1 and ensure no ideas were duplicating existing activity but adding value. Consultation was held through:
- The local community at events, through surveys, open public focus groups and regular meetings
- The Land of Oak & Iron Cultural, Natural and Built heritage subgroups
- Local Councils and Derwent Valley AAP
- Local schools and colleges
- The Land of Oak & Iron Landscape partnership Board
Part of the development phase involved assigning Project Coordinators for each project. Individuals, organisations and community members/groups were given opportunities to propose project ideas and express an interest in being a Project Coordinator during both the Round 1 and Round 2 bids. Support and involvement with the development of the scheme was widely forthcoming. Publicly open sub-groups were created to develop and rationalise project ideas for the Round 2 bid. To assign Coordinators, organisations were tested for value for money, relevant expertise, track record and suitably robust financial procedures in line with HLF stipulation.
In July 2015 the Round 2 bid was submitted, in December 2015 HLF awarded a grant of £2.2 million and the programme officially began in January 2016. There are now 14 projects being delivered until 2020, with many opportunities for local people, groups and organisations to get involved through a range of different activities.