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Apply for a Heritage Spark grant

Walsall Heritage Spark grants are for projects that increase engagement in heritage activities through partnership work.

Building on the work of our Heritage Strategy, the grants will provide local organisations with the opportunity to explore new partnerships and project ideas. They will support organisations to work together to explore how heritage can:

  • connect people and communities
  • inspire others
  • build pride
  • celebrate the Borough’s rich heritage

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 8 September 2023.


The grants are open to third sector organisations. These include constituted community and voluntary groups, charities and not-for-profit groups. They are for organisations that deliver projects that engage communities in heritage activities

Heritage Sparks projects:

  • must benefit Walsall residents
  • must deliver their activity within Walsall Borough

To apply, your organisation must have a business address within Walsall borough.

Eligible projects

This call contributes to the Communities and Place Investment Priority.

Projects must support delivery of the Walsall Heritage Strategy 2021-2026. It must also meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • quality of life and wellbeing
  • sense of place and celebration
  • climate change
  • building resilience

    How to apply

    You can apply for up to £4,000 per project. We expect that five applications will be successful.

    We're running webinars to introduce the fund and answer your questions. Book your place on Eventbrite.

    For more information, download our application form and guidance below.

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    Who funds the grant

    Heritage Spark grants are funded by the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

    UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda. It will provide £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by:

    • investing in communities and place
    • supporting local business, people and skills
    Spark grants logos: Funded by UK Government; Walsall Council; West Midlands Combined Authority; Walsall Heritage Forum; Powered by Levelling Up

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