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Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities support Delapré Abbey, A Stables Future project with £299,549 through the Community Ownership Fund

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities support Delapré Abbey, A Stables Future project with £299,549 through the Community Ownership Fund

Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded an allocation of funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities through the Community Ownership Fund. The £299,549 funding support will empower us to continue our mission and make an even greater impact in our community.

The funding will support an element of the #ASTABLEFUTURE project that seeks to restore and repurpose several dilapidated buildings within the Delapré Abbey, supporting not only community need but also supporting the long term sustainability of the Trust.  At the centre of the project will be the development of a new community space that will provide an opportunity to gather, learn, and engage, ensuring that Delapre Abbey remains a vibrant hub for the people.

In addition to supporting the repurposing of the Stables, the grant will also bolster the sustainability of the Trust through new income generation initiatives. This will allow us to continue preserving and maintaining the historic Delapre Abbey while also investing in its future. Furthermore, the proposed adoption of low carbon technologies and renewables will make Delapre Abbey a more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient institution, aligning with our commitment to sustainability.

“We are deeply honoured and grateful to have been allocated this generous funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities through the Community Ownership Fund,” said Richard Clinton, Chief Executive at the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust. “This funding will play a pivotal role in advancing this project, and provides a strong endorsement of what this project aspires to deliver. Supporting our mission of making Delapre Abbey relevant and accessible to more people, while ensuring its long-term sustainability. We are excited about the opportunities it will create for our community and the positive impact it will have. I would like to express my thanks to the team at the Architectural Heritage Fund for the support and guidance they provided, helping us to be successful with our Community Ownership Fund application”.

The Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities for their trust and support in our mission to preserve and enhance this historical treasure for generations to come. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities join an ever growing list of project funders, and we are thankful for the support to date from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, The Constance Travis Charitable Trust, Eric Stanton Trust, and The Finnis Scott Foundation


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About Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust:
Delapré Abbey is a Grade II* listed Urban Country House & Park in the heart of Northampton.  Threatened with destruction many times during its vast history, Delapré Abbey has managed to survive and was part restored with support from devoted volunteers and a £3.65 million grant from The National Heritage Lottery Fund. In March 2018 it opened its doors to the public for the first time in 900 years. The Abbey programmes an award-winning wellbeing programme, as part of Delapré Wellbeing. Empowering people across the town to take control over their health and wellbeing through cultural experiences, events, classes and more. Crucially, all the hub activities have been suggested and designed by members of the community.


About the Community Ownership Fund:

The Community Ownership Fund is a £150 million fund over 4 years to support community groups across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community.

It forms part of a substantial package of UK wide levelling-up interventions building opportunity and empowering communities to improve their local places.

The Fund supports projects which fulfil one or a combination of the following aims. All of these are taken in context of saving an asset with the goal of community use:

take ownership of a physical community asset at risk, such as land and buildings, which benefit local people
renovate, repair, or refurbish an asset to make it sustainable for the long term
set up or buy a community business
buy associated stock, collections, or intellectual property
move a community asset to a new, more appropriate location within the same community. This might be because a different location offers better value to continue the asset, or because the venue is in itself an asset of community value
develop new assets where these relate to saving, preserving, or relocating a past or existing asset