we need funding to make things happen!
Fundraising is an important priority. The first step was taken by Enfield Council, the Broomfield House Trust and the Friends of Broomfield Park, by preparing and submitting a detailed proposal to the Lottery Heritage Fund (HLF). The proposal was submitted on 22nd October 2012. It was hoped that somewhere in the region of £4 million could be secured from the HLF.
Under this plan, an additional £2 million or so would have had to be raised from other sources in order to secure the success of the project. The project management team talked to experts and while recognising that this was a challenging target, they believed it was achievable.
Council officers and representatives of the Broomfield House Working Group met with Heritage Lottery Fund officers on the 5th March 2013 to discover what happened when the National Memorial Fund board discussed our joint bid. The good news was that the officers’ report recommended a first round pass for the £4.175M and an award of £0.296M to develop the project. The bad news was that the board was unable to agree.
On the day they met to consider our bid there were ten new projects to evaluate and £12m available and in the event only four of the projects were awarded funding. None of the projects were as challenging as ours, so risk was a factor in the board’s judgement. Our bid had strong heritage and community attributes and the HLF commented positively on the close working relationship between the Working Group and the Council. Encouragingly, the board were interested in a better understanding of the master plan for the House, Park and Stable Yard, which was not actually required to be developed in the initial bid, though we had noted our intentions to develop this in later stages.
Subsequently we have been encouraged to bid to the London HLF committee for less capital than the original bid, which should stand a greater chance of success. As reported at the Friends of Broomfield Park Open Meeting on 8 May, we now have a better idea of what the HLF is likely to fund and what our joint approach should be. Rather than fundamentally change our objectives for the House, we have agreed to concentrate on exploring in more detail what funding might be available from major charitable/heritage sources to add to a reduced bid to HLF. We had understood that this would be part of the Stage 2 bid, but it appears that doing this in advance would strengthen a renewed bid for reduced Stage 1 funding. Additionally work can be done on the revised bid to reduce risk areas identified by the main board.
Part of this is to explain in more detail how we see Broomfield House fitting in to the proposed wider Park bid, and in particular with the Stable Yard. Again, we had understood this to be a later requirement, but it now seems to be needed at the earlier stage.
Unfortunately this exploration will not be funded by the development grant element of a successful Stage 1 bid, but we are pleased that Enfield will now engage a fundraiser to carry this out. It would have been much easier to seek other sources of funding had we got a concrete financial commitment from the HLF, but we do have their positive evaluation of key elements of the existing bid, and guidance on how to make it even stronger.
Both Broomfield House and the Stable Block are on the English Heritage at Risk Register, and we are currently looking to arrange a joint meeting with the appropriate team in order to see what help and advice they might have. We are also hoping for a further joint meeting with the HLF to help us in preparing a revised bid. Funding will be sought from the following sources:
Charitable Trusts and Foundations specialising in Heritage Restoration projects
Corporate Donors – including local and national businesses
Enfield Council will also be making a substantial donation to the project and it is hoped that English Heritage might be willing to provide support too. Of course, all funders who provide support to the project will be recognised for their contributions.
If you have fundraising skills, and are interested in supporting the fundraising initiatives for this project on a voluntary basis then please get in touch. If you would like to make a donation to the project then please use the donation button to the right of this text. All donations can be gift-