After winning the Morgan Foundation Awards in the ‘Against All Odds’ category in 2008, Charlotte was asked to help launch the 2009 round. Founded by Steve Morgan, founder of Redrow Development and Chairman of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, the foundation aims to offer funding for small to medium sized organisations who are addressing specific needs in these regions. They are particularly keen to support those who have already begun to make an impact, but need a helping hand to expand their work and increase their effectiveness.
Every year the foundation run awards for entrepreneurship, with many categories. Last year the Fordhall Community Land Initiative, entered and against stiff conpetition we won!
It was an amazing achievement to win the award, which has provided vital funds for the renovation of the old farm buildings at Fordhall Farm. Architects have now been commissioned and surveys are being completed to allow the project to move forward to planning permission.
Charlotte said “we are extremely grateful to Steve and the Morgan Foundation. Winning the awards has given the FCLI encouragement it needed to progress and invest in our infrastructure. The hope is that by the end of next summer we will have a classroom space, local food tearoom, offices and toilet facilities. We currently have only 2 yurts and a compost loo, which are fine for the moment, but I think we may need something a little more permanent and flexible for the future.”
If anyone is interested in applying for the awards take a look at their website