The AHF would to thank all the many current and former clients who took the time to complete our Impact Survey over the summer. Your time and effort is very much appreciated. We’ve started analyzing the results now and there are already some quite interesting and encouraging responses.
Every active charity who responded to the survey was entered into a prize draw to win a one-off £1,000 donation towards their charitable objectives as a thank you for participating. After a random result was drawn, the winner was Northern Ireland’s Gracehill Old School Trust.
Gracehill in County Antrim is a planned Georgian village founded by the Moravian Church in 1759. It was Northern Ireland’s first designated Conservation Area and is the only complete Moravian settlement in Ireland. The closure of the primary school in 1999 prompted a local campaign to save the building. With support from the AHF, the Gracehill Old School Trust was established in 2002. AHF seed funding helped build the Trust’s capacity and develop its vision before it purchased the building with the help of a grant from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. The Trust went on to secure over £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders. Today, the Old School, which dates from 1765, is home to an award-winning restaurant, several small businesses, community space and a restored 18th century classroom, all of which has helped to attract visitors to the village and created jobs. The Trust is now working on its second project, the Old Village Shop.
A full impact report based on the data collected from the survey will be published as part of our AHF Annual Review later in the year.
Find out more about Gracehill Old School Trust here.