8 April 2021

IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group has launched a one off Skills Training Grant, funded via our successful National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant to help WRG volunteers ‘dust off their trowels’ after year long gap and get ready for a return to canal restoration in 2021/22.

The grant will cover the cost of training individual volunteers in skills associated with inland waterway restoration that would normally be covered by WRG training events and weekends which may not be able to run in the same format this summer.

Although there is a list of ‘preferred areas’ applications will be accepted for any area of training that will benefit WRG canal camps, weekend digs and WRG’s wider activities. Examples of areas we will fund: heritage skills, bricklaying, stone walling, construction manager training (SSSTS), hedge laying, food hygiene, COVID awareness training, first aid, engineering skills such as surveying, and machine operation.

This award will consider funding up to 100% of the direct costs (i.e. course costs, travel and accommodation expense) to a maximum of £350, or WRG will consider contributing up to £350 for more expensive courses. There is only a short window for applying for this grant and applications will be assessed on a weekly basis until the funding has been used. All training must be completed by Friday 30th July 2021.

Please note this funding is only open to Waterway Recovery Group volunteers.

For more details and to download the application form.

If you have any queries or questions before applying please contact Jenny Morris

Application Form

HLF Funded Training Grant – Guidance and Application Form 2021