FCS Associates

St Luke’s Church, Holbeck

Client: St Luke’s Church, Holbeck
Sector: Social Enterprise
Service: Grant Writing Support Services
Results: Successful Applications

The Organisation
St Luke’s Church, Holbeck, provides a community base for local social projects and engagement activity, delivering a broad range of much-needed community activities and services for residents. Based in Holbeck, Leeds, the Church serves the Holbeck and Beeston Hill community. With residents originating from 20 nationalities the community is diverse, the church provides a hub for community transformation and is a catalyst for social cohesion.

About the support from FCS Associates Ltd
FCS Associates were invited by St Luke’s to support the church in the application process for a Reaching Communities Buildings grant. Due to the nature of the grant and the size of the grants awarded the Lottery application for this grant is a three stage process. We have supported St Luke’s throughout the application process working in partnership with the other organisations involved in the project creation and delivery.

In addition FCS have been invited by St Luke’s to undertake complimentary fund raising with a number of grant awarding Foundations and Trusts, successfully raising funds towards the capital cost of the project from the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and revenue funding from the Anchor Foundation.

Results
Thanks to an award of over £500,000 from the Reaching Communities Buildings Fund, St Luke’s, Holbeck is to set up a community project which aims to transform lives in Holbeck, Beeston and Hunslet Moor.

Together with funding a Community Project worker role, the historic Grade II listed Victorian church building will be extended, enabling it to become a hub for youth activities, courses to help people towards employment, and events to bring communities together.

Julia has skillfully guided us through the complex and demanding process of securing funding for our much needed inner city (revenue and building) project. She has a wealth of experience, an excellent grasp of the facts, and her beautifully written bids are clear and compelling. Julia has been highly effective in securing us funding opportunities, and her professional attitude and empathetic approach has kept our delivery team focused and energised . We could not have got to this stage of the project without her.

Vicar, St Luke’s Vicarage, Beeston, Leeds

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