On winning streak – Square Chapel Arts Centre have been awarded the Best ‘Fundraising Campaign 2017’ by the Community Foundation for Calderdale

The team at Square Chapel Arts Centre are delighted to have been awarded the Community Foundation for CalderdaleFundraising Campaign 2017’ award. After recently opening a new building including a cinema and café/bar and added a string of well-known faces to their patrons list, this award is the icing on the cake.

Square Chapel Arts Centre Director, David McQuillan said:

We were absolutely delighted to be nominated in two categories at the Calderdale Community Spirit awards and that our successes was recognized, in receiving the award for Best Fundraising Campaign. Raising £6.6m for this wonderful new business was a long but exciting process and there are obviously some major funders that deserve a lot of credit for their support: The Sir George Martin Trust and Monument Trust for being the first pledges on board; of course Calderdale Council and Arts Council and other major Trusts and Foundations including Garfield Weston, Wolfson and the Foyle Foundation.


Square Chapel had a huge amount of support from within Calderdale; from the Community Foundation, Lloyds Banking Foundation and Halifax businesses: Harveys; Walker Singleton, Chadwick Lawrence, the Railway Hotel and many more. McQuillan went on to say: “What was perhaps most thrilling was the grassroots fundraising conducted by our audiences, friends, volunteers, trustees and staff members: climbing mountains; filling Smarties tubes with 20p pieces, selling scones before shows – it’s amazing to walk into the finished building and to know that all of those 20 pences contributed to it being built; and really we’re just grateful to accept the award on behalf of the literally hundreds of people that made this happen.”


One of the best things about the evening was seeing the huge strength and diversity of the voluntary and community sector in Calderdale and our fellow nominees – ranging from the huge: Eureka! and Piece Hall to other examples of amazing grassroots fundraising like ‘Get Trevor Mobile’. The Arts and Culture category was incredibly strong, and huge congratulations to the amazing Elland Silver Band on their much deserved recognition; but also to Brodstock, the Playhouse and of course verd de gris who are one of our regular partners and make a huge contribution not only to the work we do at Square Chapel but the health and strength of our diverse communities. The whole night was really a boisterous celebration of how good our community sector is.”

The Community Spirit Awards, recognises the achievements of charities, community groups and the companies that support them and comprise of fourteen categories, including: Charity of the Year, Best Use of Technology, Best New Charity, Charity and Corporate Partnership and Volunteer of the Year and Young Community Champion which recognises individuals who give freely and generously of their own time to make Calderdale an even better place to live.


The entries were judged by a panel made of up four professionals including, Steve Duncan CEO Community Foundation for Calderdale; Sian Rogers Policy & Projects Manager; lead for Voluntary and Community Sector; Simon Walton Director Riley & Co; and Jason Stamp

Chief Officer of North Bank Forum.


The judges shortlisted forty-six organisations and individuals, and the winners were announced at a black-tie dinner on Thursday 28th September, where almost four hundred people were in attendance.

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