Annual Restoration Conference 2019

Date: Saturday 30th March (10am-4pm)
Location: Ormiston SWB Academy, Wolverhampton, WV14 0LN. Free parking. 
Cost: Free (refreshments & lunch included)

IWA and C&RT run the Annual Restoration Conference every year to provide support for waterway restoration projects. The aim of the conference is to ensure that local waterways societies and trusts have more support and information to assist in the development of their schemes. 

"Relining your pockets"

The 2019 Conference focuses on funding and making sure your project is relevant to funders. It will look at the added extras, alongside the practical restoration of your canal, which can be crucial to bringing in the necessary funding. 

We have lots of presentations and seminars planned including a presentation from Liz Shaw of the Heritage Lottery Fund updating you on HLF's new funding framework and grant programmes. 

The Agenda for the day is as follows:

Keynote Speakers

  • Main Session 1: Waterways in Progress. Mike Palmer, IWA. Mike will launch IWA’s new report ‘Waterways in Progress’ which uses case studies to spell out to key stakeholders, such as local government and funders, how well thought-out, partial restoration initiatives can start to deliver right from day one. Mike will explain how this report can be used by restoration groups to get stakeholders on board with their restoration.

  • Main Session 2:Health & Wellbeing: Pitching benefits to funders. Steve Higham, Canal & River Trust. Steve will talk about the health & wellbeing benefits of volunteering and restoration and how societies can pitch these benefits to funders. 

  • Main Session 3: Heritage Lottery Fund: New Funding Framework and Grant Programmes. Liz Shaw, Heritage Lottery Fund. Liz will talk about HLF's new funding framework and grant application programmes - including the application process and timescales. 

  • Main Session 4: Funding Q&A with our panel of experts. Have the opportunity to ask our experts any questions about funding and their presentations. 

Breakout Seminars

Our 50 minute breakout sessions will give you the opportunity to find out more about a specific topic and discuss in a smaller group.  This year we have changed the format of the day so you will have the opportunity to attend 3 breakout seminars from list below. 

  • Option 1: More bang for your Bucks! Terry Cavender, Buckingham Canal Society. Terry will talk about BCS's experiences with applying for LEADER funding as well as giving his 'top tips' for writing successful applications. 

  • Option 2: Adding value to your HLF grant (Archive Projects). Lois Francis and Molly Beebee, Cotswold Canals Trust.  Lois and Molly will talk about CCT's archive project and how this relates to the wider HLF bid. It's all about adding value to your project as restoration alone will not tick all the boxes. 

  • Option 3: Importance of community engagement. David Marshall, Stroud District Council. David will focus on why projects with a community engagement focus are more attractive to funders. He will also talk about what lessons they learnt from their bids. 

  • Option 4: What are HLF and funders looking for? David Fairbanks, Heritage Lottery Fund Monitor. David has been an advisor to HLF for 17 years, and will share case studies of projects he has been involved in to provide tips on what makes a good application to HLF including Lincoln Castle, Buxton Crescent and many more.

  • Option 5: Using the media to engage communities and funders. Jo Henderson, IWA's Campaigns & Media Officer. Jo will talk about how to engage your target audiences through the media and showcase community involvement to demonstrate success to grant funders.

  • Option 6: Building relationships with funders. Ellen Hawes, IWA's Fundraising Officer. Ellen will look at legacy building and how relationship building with funders is essential to the long term sustainability of any project. 


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