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Dudley Canals Project Wins half-million pound Biffa Award Funding Boost

Dudley Canal Trust are celebrating a massive boost to their Portal project, having been awarded £500,000 by Biffa Award as their flagship project for this year.

The money will make a considerable difference to the project, a state of the art new centre to improve the visitor experience. Schools, community groups and the general public are amongst the groups who will benefit from the new facilities, particularly the Biffa Award Gallery which has been supported directly by Biffa Award.

“We are thrilled to have received this very generous contribution from Biffa Award,” says Nick Morris, Chief Executive of the Dudley Canal Trust. “The Portal is such an exciting new development for us and we are delighted to have Biffa Award’s support for the brilliant exhibition gallery.”

Biffa Award The Biffa Award Gallery will give visitors an engaging and informative experience of what lies beneath Castle Hill, from the vitally important geology of Dudley and the Industrial Revolution to the dramatic and emotional story of how the Dudley Tunnel was nearly lost in the 1960s but was saved to become the heritage attraction it is today.

Biffa Award join other grant giving bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund in supporting the project, which will dramatically improve facilities available to visitors at the Trust’s Todd’s End site.

The new Portal facility will be open to visitors in 2015.