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Fort Amherst Grand Magazine up for national award
04 June 2014

A napoleonic powder store in Kent has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award at the 2014 Biffa Awards, a ceremony which recognises the people who transform their communities through Biffa Award funded projects.


Fort Amherst Heritage Trust will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Community Buildings’ category, and receive a £2,000 prize.


The Heritage Trust received £50,000 in funding from Biffa Award to bring the 200 year old Grand Magazine building at Fort Amherst back into community use.  The money was spent on roof repairs, sealing and paving in York stone.  The Grand Magazine is the largest napoleonic period powder store in existence in any fortification in the UK


The Biffa Awards 2014 will be held on October 9 at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, where all the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the enthusiasm and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to creating positive change within their community and the environment.


Competition has been fierce from the start, with more than 260 projects eligible to enter the awards under five different categories: Community Buildings, Cultural Facilities, Rebuilding Biodiversity, Recreation and Small Grants.


Category winners at the Awards will receive a trophy and prize money of £2,000, which can be used to further develop their project.  Each winner then has the chance of being crowned the Overall Winner for 2014, receiving a further £1,000 prize.


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to reward and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded.  A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a tremendous achievement in itself. Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”