Ardagh Community Trust wins £200,000 in grants

December 19 2017

Two grants totalling £200,000 have been awarded to The Ardagh Community Trust.

Two grants totalling £200,000 have been awarded to The Ardagh Community Trust. 

The group, who have applied for a Community Asset Transfer from the local authority, are now well on their way to achieve their plans for regeneration of the Horfield Common site.

Project manager at The Ardagh, Rob Savage, said: “We have been working to get a viable organisation together so that the local authority are happy to transfer over to us for regeneration.

“We have 75% of the funding in place now and are waiting on a further 25% of funding, plus a Community Asset Transfer with the local authority.

“One of our long-term priorities is to bring the wonderful Ardagh site - in the centre of Horfield Common - back into full use as a high quality, sustainable community and sports facility for the benefit of local people.”

The Ardagh Community Trust has lots of expertise within this sector and has been busy applying for grants. A Power to Change grant from the Lottery Endowment of £170,000 was awarded in November and supports 75% of the project. 

“This will allow us to improve and increase the capacity of the cafe which will be moving to the west wing of the pavilion building, and building an extension (subject to planning permission) so that we can become a community hub,” explained Rob.

The Ardagh Community Trust has also secured £30,000 from Big Potential to look at the best options to fund improvements to the tennis courts and a long term financial strategy for the whole site. They want to create a community facility with sports facilities including a multi-use games area and space for Tai Chi.

Rob added: “We’re very excited and thrilled to get funding from Power to Change which is a highly competitive process. Power for Change visited our site and were really impressed with the sense of community ownership and engagement. 

“Once the first funding is in place, it makes it easier to get other funding.”

A meeting is being held to launch the Ardagh Community Trust Membership scheme on Saturday 3 February at the Cafe on the Common from 10am - 2pm. Presentations will be held between 10.15 - 11.30am or drop by between 12 - 2pm.