Application to National Lottery Heritage Fund
Following our really successful Highbury's Garden Project, the Trust is currently making a fresh application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a major award. We have had to make changes to the project since the last unsuccessful bid in 2018. The NLHF has amended its priorities in response to the impacts of the Covid pandemic on the economy. Our research shows that there is an above average number of start-up businesses in the digital, creative and social enterprise sectors within the surrounding communities of Stirchley, Kings Heath and Moseley. This is not matched by sufficient availability of flexible and hot-desking office space. We are now proposing to convert the empty floors in the north wing of Highbury to support small businesses. This initiative meets an NLHF priority to assist the local economy, and has drawn the support of our Local Enterprise Partnership.
The development of a revised business plan for the project, and the preparation of the application to the NLHF with all the supporting material, has been undertaken by our Project Development Manager, Katie Norgrove of Cultural Consulting Network. Katie has worked closely with Trustees for nearly two years to help us further develop our vision for Highbury. We are indebted to her for her detailed analysis and planning and admire the professional way she has put the proposals together.
We must now wait until September to find out if our application is successful.