22 January 2013
Today the Arts Council of England have agreed capital funding of £327,351 towards our chapELFM development.
That adds to the funds already secured from The Tudor Trust, Jimbo’s Fund, The Scurrah Wainwright Charitable Trust, The Monument Trust, WREN, Caird Bardon, Leeds City Council as well as through our own Friends of chapELFM scheme and it means only one thing...
We now have the green light to go ahead with the redevelopment of Seacroft Methodist Chapel to create chapELFM: the first-ever dedicated arts venue in East Leeds.
We would like to take to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped us to get to this point...now, let's build the thing!
We will be launching the whole project on 5th February 2013 with an event at the Chapel itself (bring overcoats!). Until then the full press release is below and plans are attached). And follow the link to find out more about all the Arts Council capital awards announced today
Press Release: Embargoed until 11am, Tuesday 22nd January 2013
COMMUNITY ARTS GROUP GETS FUNDING TO CONVERT CHAPEL
Community arts organisation, Heads Together Productions, are today celebrating the news that they have reached their fundraising target to convert Seacroft Methodist Chapel into a bespoke arts and broadcast centre.
This latest news comes following the announcement that Arts Council England will be awarding the group £327,351 capital grant through Lottery funds.
The funding will allow Heads Together to refurbish the semi-derelict Chapel, in the heart of East Leeds, to provide a home for their ELFM community radio project and other community arts activities.
ELFM has been working with people of all ages in East Leeds for the past ten years, starting as an fm radio station and moving to internet broadcasting in recent years.
The community radio project enables all sections of the community to get involved in creative activities, learn new skills, develop their interests and have their voice heard. This opportunity has really struck a chord with young people, and currently more than 55 young people are attending weekly training sessions at ELFM.
Before today’s announcement, Heads Together had already secured 62% of the fundraising target from Trusts and Community Landfill Tax grants. This final Lottery award from the Arts Council is the last piece of the jigsaw which enables the project to go on site with the build in the next couple of months.
Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director, Arts Council England
“This exciting development will really benefit the community of East Leeds, particularly young people living in the area. chapELFM will provide an array of broadcast and arts opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities right on the doorstep. Our lottery funding will help Heads Together to further develop their innovative projects and to secure a sustainable future for the organisation, as well as offering life-changing experiences to those that they work with.”
Linda Strudwick, Development Director, Heads Together Productions
“This latest award from Arts Council England is another vote of confidence in our community based approach to arts delivery. We truly believe that arts are for everyone and we are delighted to be able to embark on such an ambitious build project in these difficult times, bringing high quality professional artists and resources right to the heart of the community”.
Stage D report
This is the document that explains all that you would ever need to know about the whole chapELFM development: plans, context, costings etc