The ACTnow St Michael’s Church Tower Appeal committee is delighted to announce that it has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for essential repairs to the church tower.
HLF grants are awarded in two phases: a Development Phase, which in our case includes further preparatory and investigative work before the main works to the Church tower can be carried out; and a Delivery Phase, when the main works will be done. During the first phase we will prepare a detailed application for the second phase grant. As long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the second phase will be confirmed. Our original outline application was for a total grant of over £140,000, and we have been successful in obtaining a first phase grant of £16,600, towards expected costs of £19,656. We are confident that we shall succeed with our second phase application and that we may be able to begin the main works on the tower in 2018.
We have already raised £20,000 ourselves, from various events, including concerts and talks, and generous donations from a number of sources. But we will still need to raise up to £50,000 more, so ACTnow will continue with its fund-raising activities for some time yet.
Several events are already scheduled and being planned for this year, and we look forward to your participation in these. Additional help would be very welcome, particularly with the organisation and manning of events.
Valerie and Ian Galbraith
01798 839 006