A charity in Mansfield facing a bleak future after being forced to close its visitor centre says it now has £10,000 available for educational projects.
Industrial heritage trust Making It! has, for the past 13 years, invited youngsters to its centre on Weighbridge Road, to learn about design, technology, maths and science.
However, last April, it was forced to shut the centre with the loss of eight jobs, citing difficult trading conditions.
However, the trust says it has now “shifted its emphasis” and is once again thriving.
As part of that, Making It! now has more than £10,000 for youngsters and is calling on schools and young persons’ groups to apply for grants to help with their projects.
The level of grant available will be between £10 per child, rising up to £500 for a one-off project.
As well as monetary grants, the charity will be able to assist primary schools to access a specialist design and technology teacher to deliver one-off activities within the school.
Sue Walters, chief executive for Making It! said: “The last few years have been difficult, because the visitor centre was taking all the charity’s money.
“The surplus money we got from the renting the office space went to the centre.
“However, now it’s being used for educational projects instead.
“Things are looking a lot better now. We lost the visitor centre, but something good has come out of it.
“Rather than providing the money for children to come to the centre, the money can come to them.
“It’s a simple process – people just need to fill out an application form.”
To find out if a group is eligible, log onto www.makingit.org.uk