National Heritage Lottery Fund (June 2022)
We’ve opened discussions with the National Heritage Lottery Fund for what should be the final time. Applications have re-opened for grants of over £1 million and our aim is to apply for sufficient funds to renovate and refurbish Little Cassiobury all in one bid.
The NHLF are aware of our Heads of Agreement with Herts CC (the owners of Little Cassiobury) and have asked us to clarify how LC CIC will take over ownership of the building. So we have asked HCC to set in motion whatever needs to be done to clarify the process.
Royal Society of Arts (January 2022)
We are delighted to be able to announce that one of our number has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
This is a recognition of the role the team has played so far in encouraging the community use of public assets. However, it also brings with it access to a potential wealth of experience and entrepreneurial skills of other Fellows and this is one of the advantages of this relationship the CIC will hope to see bear fruit in the future.
Fundraising Campaign (2021/2022)
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Update (May 2021)
We’d like to express our huge thanks for all the help and advice we’ve received from Malcolm Meerabux our Finance Director, who has now stepped down. We are, therefore, looking for an accountant to take over the current responsibilities, which at this very moment are very light. Anyone interested in becoming involved in this worthwhile local project please contact Alex Macgregor Mason: email@example.com
We are delighted to be able to announce that we are in discussions with a major accountancy firm for services in the event that we secure the £500,000 grant for the development of a full scale business plan and associated architectural drawings. RSM, is a multi-national network of accounting firms, forming the sixth largest accountancy professional services network in the world by revenue. It has a local office in Watford, though overall coordination would come from Sharon Monteith, Accounting and Financial Reporting Director at their Milton Keynes office.
Update (March 2021)
For Little Cassiobury to become an arts and heritage asset for the community, we will need to draw up a full-scale business plan with detailed architectural drawings. This stage is likely to cost around £500,000 the majority of which we hope to secure from the NHLF. Ongoing support has meant that we already have several thousand pounds towards this target. But the larger our contribution, the greater the likelihood of securing the funding.
Fundraising Initiatives to be announced will include: Easyfundraising - free donations from retailers when you shop online, Supporters Membership; ‘Buy a Brick’ for Little Cassiobury; a concrete (sorry!) memento of your support and ‘Pledge your support’; say now but pay only when the bid is won.