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Leeds Castle Foundation
General09 January 2024

Leeds Castle Receives Transformational Grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Leeds Castle Foundation is delighted to announce it has been awarded a transformational grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. This is a significant milestone for our charity, marking the first grant awarded to the Leeds Castle Foundation from the Heritage Fund. The grant signifies a new chapter for Leeds Castle, as it sets the stage for a series of impactful initiatives focused on sustainability, accessibility, and overall visitor experience.

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive of Leeds Castle Foundation, expressed her gratitude, stating, “Receiving this generous grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund is a true testament to the enduring value of Leeds Castle as a cultural treasure.” She continued, “With this funding, we can shape a sustainable future that embodies our commitment to preserving history, promoting accessibility, and providing outstanding experiences for all.”

One of the primary areas of focus for the grant will be a comprehensive mechanical and engineering audit aimed at improving the environmental impact of Leeds Castle. This initiative will explore options for incorporating renewable energy sources and investing in energy-efficient technologies, all while maintaining the historical integrity of the Castle. Additionally, a thorough access audit of the estate will be conducted to enhance visitor experiences for individuals with diverse mobility and sensory needs.

The funding will also support audience development initiatives, including the establishment of an audience strategy blueprint for future activities, informed decision-making processes, and a green transport strategy to reduce environmental impacts. Furthermore, a hospitality consultant will be appointed to review and enhance existing services and facilities, offering guests new and exciting experiences.

These initiatives underscore Leeds Castle’s dedication to preserving its rich history and providing an exceptional experience for visitors. The grant from the Heritage Fund serves as a testament to the Castle’s significance as an iconic site, cherished by both locals and tourists alike. Ultimately, this funding will play a pivotal role in shaping the long-term sustainability and vision for Leeds Castle.

Leeds Castle extends its heartfelt gratitude to the players of the National Lottery and the Heritage Fund for their unwavering support, belief in the Foundation’s mission, and commitment to preserving and enhancing our shared cultural heritage. With this generous grant, Leeds Castle is poised to embark on an exciting and transformative journey, shaping a sustainable future while upholding its historical significance.