Core funding required to keep the Town Hall open
This project began seven years ago with the dream of reinvigorating Trowbridge’s Town Hall. The devastating news is that Arts Council England (ACE) has turned down our latest bid for funding, ironically partly because of the very success of the scheme.
The volunteer Board of Trustees for our charity are facing a dilemma: Without core funding for our Market Street building, the Trust cannot continue to operate. Core funding helps pay the running costs of the Town Hall, which attracted over 25,000 people through the doors last year. It is now home to 12 studio artists, over 20 community groups and a number of local commercial organisations who all pay to use the building, however it till needs subsidising in order to continue to grow and achieve financial stability.
What we need now is for some of the town’s leading companies and businesses, many of which, like this Board, are run by local people who want Trowbridge to be able to take pride in its status as Wiltshire’s county town, to step forward and pledge us the money to continue to make that dream become reality.
We are using the mantra ‘£35,00 to survive, £60,000 to thrive’, and are also appealing to the community through a Local Giving scheme which will allow the many people in Trowbridge who also hold the Town Hall close to their hearts to support the building.
Town Hall Arts continues to be supported by Wiltshire Council, who own this beautiful building, Trowbridge Town Council have backed us from the beginning, plus other regional and national trust and foundations, and we now earn a significant amount of our own income - £75,000 In 2017 – but without core funding we cannot continue.
Director of Town Hall Arts, Tracy Sullivan says “We have been very lucky in that ACE have over the years given us three significant grants, totalling nearly £300,000. Town Hall Arts is very grateful for the support it has had from ACE and recognises that there are many other worthy projects needing their support from limited resources. We are almost a victim of our own success, as we are no longer classed by ACE as a start-up, or an organisation running a specific project, as we have been in the past.”
We hope that local individuals and businesses realise that by supporting us, they are supporting the town as well which has already benefitted from the Town Hall project. Using the figures calculated by ACE’s Independent Economic Analysis in 2013, the Town Hall has contributed £700,000 to the local economy during the last year. With their help it can bring even more money into Trowbridge.
Our Trustees believe the best way to find the £35,000 a year we need to enable the building to stay open is to approach local business and industry for help, and are hoping enough local firms will come forward with contributions to enable us to secure pledges covering the next 3 years’ core funding.
People who want to make a one-off or a regular monthly donation, to help ensure the long term future of the Town Hall, can do so through Local Giving.org, by searching for Town Hall Arts.
Companies wanting to know more about how they can get involved should contact THA Director Tracy Sullivan on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 774306.
We only have until the end of June 2018 to find this money, so we hope community of Trowbridge will support us.