Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society (HCAHS) has been awarded a Project Development Grant of £25,000 by the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF).
The grant will cover some of the development costs to convert Epsom’s Grade II-listed Horton Chapel into a new arts and heritage centre, taking the project closer towards the start of work on site.
HCAHS chair Ian Reeves said: “We are extremely pleased that the AHF has recognised the importance and potential for renovating Horton Chapel. The grant acknowledges that it is indeed a building at-risk and is testament to our committee’s efforts to develop a viable plan and vision for the future.”
The AHF grant will specifically assist with some of the professional fees that such a major conservation project incurs, and has been awarded on condition that our stage one application to Heritage Lottery Fund’s Enterprise Grant is also successful. A decision for this is due at the end of the year.
The AHF supports the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities and believes that better places can be built through community enterprise.
Tessa Hilder, AHF support officer, congratulated the Horton Chapel project. She said:
“The AHF is delighted to support HCAHS. Through their hard work and commitment, the group’s volunteers have already achieved a great deal in identifying how the future of this important heritage building can be secured. Our grant will help them to move forward in developing their plans to bring Horton Chapel back into use as a thriving community asset.”