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Carnegie Crosby – Fundraising Brief



Carnegie-Crosby: A 3rd Space for the Community

Regenerus, a regeneration charity based in south Sefton, has recently successfully tendered for a 21 year lease on a former Carnegie Library in Crosby, L23.  Following consultation with the local community, we hope to re-open this Grade II listed building as a 3rd space for the community.

As part of our exploration of the potential, Regnerus has undertaken a conditions survey of the building’s fabric, and also commissioned a design company to prepare options for multi-use within the building, while not compromising the listed status.  Both these preliminary areas of work have been costed, and we are looking at a budget of £1.2m to repair the external fabric to the standard required by its listing, and also make it suitable for multiple community uses.  We had already submitted a £1.5m bid to HLF which, although recommended for approval, didn’t succeed in November 2015 – in large part due to pressure on their funds. We have also secured an offer of £50,000 from Sefton MBC, and have applied for £25,000 to Dong Energy, the result of which should be known in August.   All existing funding applications (successful or otherwise) will be made available to the successful bidder.

We have secured start-up funding from the Architectural Heritage Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sefton MBC to undertake further structural explorations, community consultation and engagement – and bid-writing to raise the funding required.  We have also developed a series of supporters’ engagement groups – Ideas Panels of the Crosby Carnegie Collective – to help firm up the activities and end usage ideas.

We are now, therefore, requesting tenders from consultants to support us in developing our 3-year business plan, and advising on, preparing and writing funding bids to appropriate funders.

Business Planning and Fundraising – Pre-Start

Employed directly by the Client and reporting to the CEO, provide professional and technical input required to assist and facilitate the following:

  1. Review the existing business plan in light of further definition on activities and end usage and test the market assumptions.  Support the Regenerus team in developing a 3-year business plan for the sustainability of Carnegie-Crosby post-refurbishment.
  2. To work with the Regenerus project team to undertake a project viability assessment based on the above information, in particular the opportunities for commercial income generation to ensure sustainability.
  3. Develop a fundraising strategy for Carnegie-Crosby, identifying the most suitable funders and prioritising bids.
  4. Reviewing the original HLF bid and revisiting it for re-submission, including liaison with HLF , advising on the activities plans, assessing and revising the budget, identifying ongoing heritage incorporation and activities.
  5. Supporting Regenerus in identifying other sources of funding and helping to prepare bids for submission.

Regenerus are not in a position to sign a lease until we know that the funding is in place, so we are working to a timetable of funding bids to be written and/or submitted between August and 30 September 2016, depending on relevant funders’ deadlines.

We are looking for an individual or consultancy who has

  • A knowledge of major funders for heritage projects
  • A successful track record in securing funds for large capital projects
  • Ideally, someone with success in raising HLF finance
  • An understanding of heritage, and how that can be interpreted, incorporated and developed in a historical building
  • Experience in working with local communities would be preferable, although not essential.
  • Availability to work to August and September 2016 deadlines

If you are interested in this opportunity, then please send a proposal to Cate Murphy, CEO, Regenerus, 2nd Floor, 375 Stanley Road, Bootle L20 3EF by Monday 6th June 2016, to include:

  • Details of your experience
  • Your fundraising successes – which funds, what level of funding secured
  • Your team – and a breakdown of who would be working on this initiative
  • Your rate for the job and/or the day rate and number of days
  • References from two recent clients

If you want more information on the Carnegie project, then please visit:

Cate Murphy

Chief Executive Officer


The Investment Centre

375 Stanley Road

Bootle L20 3EF

0151 934 2637