In September 2013 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed its award of a £1.3 million grant to help improve buildings in the Old Town area of Folkestone, administered by a partnership comprising lead partner Kent County Council (KCC), Shepway District Council (SDC) and the Creative Foundation. The HLF grant is being supplemented with £400,000 from KCC and £100,000 from SDC in a programme worth £1.8 million to be spent over five years.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

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, the HLF invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 36,500 projects with more than £6bn across the UK.

The partnership members are:

Kent County Council, acting as the lead partner on the application, and providing most of the match funding in support of the application.

Shepway District Council, the local planning authority for Folkestone as well as the neighbouring areas of Hythe and Romney Marsh, and playing a key role in providing support and delivery.

The Creative Foundation is an arts charity that has played a leading role in the regeneration of Folkestone's Creative Quarter. It has invested some £48 million in partnership with The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, mainly on restoration and refurbishment of run-down buildings in the old town for use by individuals and businesses working in the creative sector.