Grant-giving charity, the Northamptonshire Community Foundation, distributed £53,639 in February, including three awards to a diverse range of heritage groups.
The foundation, which supports grassroots projects, groups and people in the county made 12 awards in total.
Grants director, Rachel McGrath, said: “We’re delighted to support these groups, all of which are doing exceptional work and improving their local communities.
“We have identified the need to increase the number of activities that are preserving local heritage and furthermore we recognise the importance of celebrating local heritage to create a sense of belonging and civic pride in Northamptonshire.”
The Masque Theatre group was awarded £2,000 to create an original drama event for Northamptonshire, which will highlight and celebrate the town’s link to William Shakespeare, in the 400th anniversary of his death.
Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust was awarded £3,000 to buy a range of conservation tools and gardening equipment, along with native shrubs and plants to create a native hedgerow and wildlife picnic area.
Friends of Northampton Castle were awarded £5,000 to create a virtual reality tour of the castle to improve the whole experience of the castle, giving visitors a greater degree of autonomy for their own exploration, as close to walking around the real thing as possible.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation, a local grant-giving charity which provides philanthropic services to a range of donors, will be awarding more than £1 million to community groups and charities in Northamptonshire during the forthcoming financial year 2015/2016.
To find out more about Northamptonshire Community Foundation, visit www.ncf.uk.com telephone 01604 230033.