19 September 2011
The Tudor Trust have given Heads Together great support for our community radio projects over the last 3 years. When we visited them earlier in the year to talk about our plans to convert Seacroft Methodist Chapel into the first-ever dedicated arts venue in East Leeds, they expressed interest and were happy to put a proposal to their trustees.
We certainly had high hopes, but we were still over-the-moon with the generosity of their offer of support–£150,000.
Grants Manager, Joanna de Havilland sent us the offer letter today:
"I am writing to confirm the Tudor Trustees grant offer of £150,000 towards the capital costs of renovation and adaptation of Seacroft Chapel, East Leeds. Trustees felt the proposal encapsulated a great idea from an impressive and energetic organisation. They were glad to see a significant input from young people and a real buzz existing around the whole idea. They appreciated that the Chapel was a landmark building in an otherwise uninspiring area and that the project had the potential of creating a unique performance space for the local community, as well as providing a draw for performers from Leeds Central.
Trustees believed that Heads Together had gained strength and a degree of financial security over the last year and had excellent networks providing potential for income generation once the building was up and running. They hoped that a grant of this size would help to lever in additional funding."
We hope so too Joanna! But in the meantime this is an enormous boost to our appeal. We hope for more good news soon...