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Grants available to Gravesham and Dartford schools to promote engineering

One of the oldest charities in the country, The Rochester Bridge Trust, is offering community grants to Gravesham and Dartford schools to promote engineering.

It is also seeking grant applications from other organisations for the conservation of important heritage buildings and artefacts.

Sue Threader, from the Trust, said: “We have been responsible for the provision of a bridge across the River Medway at Rochester since the end of the 14th century. We have a very longstanding interest in encouraging excellence in engineering.

“We are looking for projects which raise awareness among young people of the challenges engineers face and, as they progress through the education system, encourage them to consider the great career opportunities available to engineers in a wide range of industries.”

Recent grants to support the preservation of important buildings and artefacts have included repairs to stained glass windows, the restoration of ancient church doors and flooring, and the restoration of the bow rudder on the Medway Queen paddle steamer.

Ms Threader added: “When possible, we also make grants to schools, churches and registered charities. This year, we have grants available of between £500 and £4,000 available.”

Various conditions apply and details are available on www.rbt.org.uk. The closing date for applications is June 28.

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