The Heritage Lottery Fund is contributing £99,600 to help us deliver Digging In. Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 37,000 projects with £6bn across the UK.
The Robertson Trust has awarded £7,500 to Digging In. The Robertson Trust aims to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland by recognising and responding to need and disadvantage and by building the capacity and sustainablity of charitable organisations. With grants of over £150 million awarded, it is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland.
The Covenant Fund has awarded £99,006 to help us deliver Digging In. The new annual Covenant Fund was launched in June 2015, demonstrating the Government’s long-term commitment to supporting schemes under the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The 2015 fund priorities are community integration, the coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community, and veterans in the criminal justice system.
Fifty-nine small grants totalling almost £1m were awarded in late 2015 and a further 93 small bids worth £1.46m and 24 larger bids exceeding £7.4m have now been announced. Community integration projects involve civilian and military communities working together and therefore increase understanding between them. The coordination and delivery of the support strand is about delivering services such as healthcare, along with improving employability and social support. Schemes that help veterans in prison and on return their return to civilian life will benefit from £4.6m.
The Digital Design Studio (DDS), a postgraduate research and commercial centre of Glasgow School of Art, has made two First World War battle soundscapes available free of charge for use in the Digging In app. The soundscapes, for the battles of La Boisselle and Vimy Ridge, were developed by Paul Wilson at DDS in collaboration with WW1 historian Michael Stedman for the BBC2 documentary Pipers of the Trenches. You can read about how they researched and developed the soundscapes here.
Glasgow based Sackmaker J&HM Dickson Ltd have contributed 1,000 hessian sandbags to the project. They were founded in 1915 by John and Hugh Dickson to make hessian and jute sandbags for the First World War. Over 100 years they have evolved from refurbishing & making hessian sacks to become the UK’s leading independent manufacturer and supplier of sandbags as well as woven polypropylene (WPP) sacks and large FIBC tonne bags. You can read about the company’s wartime origins here.