Heritage Grants

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Manx National Heritage is inviting applications for a new Heritage Grant Scheme, launched following a generous bequest from the late John Donald Collister, a former Colby resident, who left an estate valued in the region of £1 million to the Manx nation.

A proud Manxman, Mr Collister died at the age of 93 in 2007.  By trade he was a master painter who served in WWII with the Manx Regiment in Crete and North Africa and then returned to his trade in civilian life. He was a keen grower of fruit and vegetables, an active supporter of Laa Columb Killey and well-respected in the everyday life of the community within which he lived.  He was very proud of his military heritage and the wider heritage of the Isle of Man.

Manx National Heritage were identified as the beneficiary of Mr Collister’s bequest and are now following Mr Collister’s wishes in a fair and transparent manner. The bequest is the largest gift ever received by Manx National Heritage and has the potential to make an enormous difference to heritage on the Isle of Man.

Following public consultation in 2012, the Donald Collister Heritage Strategy was developed.  The strategy consists of four funding streams:

1. Heritage Grants Programme

2. Local Community Grant Programme

3. Community Heritage Skills Development Programme

4. Biodiversity Programme

Projects funded

To date, Manx National Heritage has approved funding of over £100,000 to local community projects from Mr Collister’s bequest, including:

  • A new exhibition tent for Laa Columb Killey festival, a community event hosted in Arbory
  • A new stain glass window to commemorate Captain John Quilliam and a new door in Arbory Church
  • Low energy lighting for the Manx Aviation and Military Museum
  • An intergenerational community heritage garden at Arbory School
  • Renovation of the fabric of St Peter’s Church, Rushen
  • Support for the Arbory War Memorial at Ballabeg.

Applications for funding

Applications are currently closed for the Heritage Grants Programme, with future application dates to be announced.

For further information, please contact Karen.Malone@mnh.gov.im