"The community knows what the community needs." This simple fact makes us best placed to manage such a vital community asset and provide much needed services to our residents and visitors.
Over the last few months we have been working hard on an extensive fundraising plan to raise the funds to purchase and develop The Old Forge in to a thriving community business.
We are currently in negotiations with the seller and hope that we can announce soon our community-ownership bid has been successful, so keep tuned!!
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Your donation will be used to further the aims and objectives of the society as set out in our business plan. Thank you!
Crowdfund - closed
After our hugely successful community share offer, and successful applications to public funding bodies, the crowdfund campaign was the last piece of the puzzle to raise enough funds to complete our fundraising plan. Yet again, we were gobsmacked by the response, and raised our lower target of £40,000 in the first 8 hours it went live. In the following few weeks, our supporters continued to pledge and we finished with a phenomenal total of £66,496. These crucial funds will be used towards essential works and redevelopment of the building once under community ownership.
Community Share Offer - closed
On Friday 10th September 2021 we launched a community share offer - our first big fundraising drive to secure the vital funds needed to purchase The Old Forge.
We are delighted (and a little amazed) that we have managed to raise a total of £256,035 through this share offer!
Not only have we managed to secure vital capital for this community-ownership bid, we appear to have done so in record time. There is talk that this could be the fastest share offer ever to reach the minimum target... to be confirmed! It really is a sign of the support behind this project and, on behalf of the committee, we are extremely grateful and it gives us a real boost to keep pushing forward.
Please note the share offer is now closed!
Share offer documents:
Public Fundraising Success
As part of our overall fundraising strategy we also applied to public funders for support. The following are our successes:
- Scottish Land Fund: £508,000
- Community Ownership Fund: £219,000