Power to Change grant success for Horton Chapel Project

Power to Change Horton Chapel ProjectHorton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society has been awarded a £15,000 community business grant by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, for the transformation of Epsom’s disused Horton Chapel.

The grant will pay for crucial expert reports, design services and technical specifications that will enable the historic listed building to be renovated and fit for purpose as a cultural hub, with high-quality creative facilities that serve the local population and attract visitors to the borough.

Supporting community business
Sara Buchanan, Programmes Manager at Power to Change said: “We are pleased to be investing in The Horton Chapel Project – with its ambition to turn an abandoned heritage building into a not-for-profit business that creates a vibrant place for local people. No-one understands a community better than the people who live there. This is why we fund and support local people coming together to solve local issues and create a better way of doing business.”

Ian Reeves, chair of Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society, said: “We are thrilled that Power to Change has awarded this grant. It is further recognition of the huge potential for Horton Chapel to become a sustainable business with a great long-term future, that benefits the whole community.”

Power to Change has also funded a series of Locality training workshops supporting the different aspects of the project being managed by the charity’s volunteer committee.

Planning application
Horton Chapel Arts & Heritage Society has now lodged a planning application with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, and the project team will continue development work, business planning and further fundraising, whilst awaiting this decision.