£500k boost to Chapel project

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The Square Chapel has received a cash boost toward a new £5million project.

The Monument Trust has pledged 500,000 towards the Chapel’s new Cornerstone Project – but only if it can secure £3.5 million from the public sector.

That will leave the fundraisers needing to find another £1million privately.

The Cornerstone project will see the auditorium refurbished and the Chapel connected to the Piece Hall.

Director Sally Martin said she was hopeful of securing the funding.

“We have been asked to work up further information for a public sector bid and to submit a more detailed application later this year,” she said.

“This presents us with a fantastic opportunity to develop our project and make the Cornerstone building an even more exciting addition to the cultural quarter of the Piece Hall.”

However, the Chapel has decided to postpone the launch of its fund raising campaign, which was planned for later this month, until later this year.

The anticipated opening date for the Chapel has been moved from 2012 to autumn 2013 but Mrs Martin is hopeful of finding the funding.

“We believe £1 million is achievable,” she said.

“So many people and organisations believe in Square Chapel. I am sure they will invest in a charity that has its roots in the dedication of local people to make this fantastic building work as a facility for all sections of the community.”

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