A special fund of £40,000 in grants for Manx culture has been set up to celebrate 40 years of the Manx Heritage Foundation Act, which founded the organisation known today as Culture Vannin.
Dr Breesha Maddrell is the Director of Culture Vannin and has delivered talks at the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme conference in Dublin, and for the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man tri-Biosphere webinar series.
She said: ‘It’s wonderful to be able to share the news that Culture Vannin is celebrating 40 years of Manx culture and cultural heritage with the creation of a new £40,000 grants scheme for 2022.
‘Awards will be made for either £2,500 or £5,000 over a range of categories from archaeology and architecture, natural history and ecology, through to Manx language, music and dance.
‘We’re giving priority to projects which embrace innovation and change - this could be to cover the development of a special body of work, or a new way of sharing and promoting existing materials.
We’re also looking for some element of online delivery – whether this is reporting or delivery – to ensure accessibility.
‘Your big ideas could include new collaborations, research, fieldwork or excavation, publishing, cultural trails, workshops, whatever you can dream up, as long as it relates to the culture and cultural heritage of the Isle of Man.’
Full details and application forms can be found here on Culture Vannin’s website
The deadline to apply is next Monday, 14th February 2022.
‘We’re looking forward to finding out about new projects and ideas which can help take Manx culture forward,’ Breesha said.
‘The 40th anniversary grants scheme is part of the year-long celebration of Manx culture. Look out for other projects, events and ideas throughout 2022.
‘Manx culture is an important part of our Biosphere status – knowing who we are, where we have come from and where we are going as an Island is at the heart of our Biosphere message.’