Heritage Lottery Fund 'Catalyst' small grants awards scheme

February 2014


Cogges Heritage Trust has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under the Catalyst small grants awards scheme, to assist the organisation in becoming financially sustainable by preparing the organisation for fundraising initiatives.  The award will enable the Trust to set up systems for raising funds and managing the fundraising activity, including protocols for the stewardship of individual donors and supporters, and actively seek support from trusts and foundations, all essential to the future of this historic ancient monument and treasured community amenity in Oxfordshire. 
Cogges Heritage Trust took over the running of Cogges Manor Farm in July 2011. Owned and formerly run by Oxfordshire County Council, Cogges Manor Farm is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the Manor House is Grade 11* and farm buildings Grade 11 Listed. The Trust’s purpose is the preservation and development of the archaeological, historical, and environmental heritage of this uniquely significant site, developing education and learning opportunities to increase public understanding of rural heritage, farming and food production.  
Commenting on the award, Judy Niner, Chairman of the Cogges Heritage Trust said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund at such an important moment in the history and development of Cogges Manor Farm. The project will assist the setting up of strong foundations necessary to enable the Trust to fundraise successfully both in the short and longer term, vital for the future sustainability of the Trust.  The funding supports the recruitment of a fundraising executive, the preparation of a fundraising database, research into trusts and putting in place systems to support regular giving and the stewardship of donors and supporters. It will greatly improve our capacity to fundraise and to develop this national treasure, and so enable us to develop the educational and heritage potential of the site, reach out to new audiences, and secure the unique Cogges Manor Farm for current and future generations.” 
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.