Overview of fundraising
The cost of the Conservation Project is significant; matching not only the extent of the challenge presented but also the importance of this ancient sacred site.
Evesham Abbey Trust took on the freehold of the site in May 2017. The trust has entered into productive discussions with Historic England regarding permission, has usefully engaged with Wychavon DC regarding vehicular access, and has had productive discussions about funding with HLF. The trustees have a range of professional skills and experience to help ensure the success of both the initial Conservation Project and the overall programme.
Focus of fundraising
Priority will be given, in the first instance, to raising the majority of the funds from large charitable trusts with the remainder brought in from a range of sources, including smaller grant-awarding bodies, local businesses, societies, some fundraising events, and personal donations.
The strategy is that the majority of the funding needed for this extraordinary heritage project will be met by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is important to note that the HLF will not fully fund any project; but instead it provide match funding. As the trust has only been recently created it does not have established resources to called upon. This means that the trust is looking to raise the significant matching funds required from grant-making bodies and donations.
Volunteering and donations
Volunteer support and public donations are vital to the success of the programme. There are many ways in which you can support the Evesham Abbey programme. Any and all support is most welcome, and much appreciated!
Success/failure of fundraising
If the trust is successful in raising more funds from donations than are required, then these additional sums will be used to further improve and manage the site. If the trust raises more funds from grants than are required, then the trust will carefully follow the applicable grant conditions and repay/refund sums as required.
The trustees are aware of their obligations if the appeal fails, and will ensure that full and proper records are retained of all sums received and any conditions applied.
If insufficient funds are raised from donations then the trustees, mindful of their responsibilities and the extraordinary opportunities represented by this ancient sacred site, intend to keep fundraising until sufficient funds are raised.
Success/failure and conditions for the Conservation Project
If successful, the Conservation Project will provide a fuller understanding of the site through initial archaeology, conserve its damaged historic fabric (i.e. fabric repairs), and engage the public in a series of activities. A key measure of success will be the removal of the site from the Historic England ‘At Risk’ register.
The success of the Conservation Project will enable further progress in the programme, including Research Archaeology(optional) and the development of the Cloister Garden, the Nave Garden and the Abbey Grounds Garden.