Funding

June 2020 update

We now stand at 3 donors and £30,000 raised! This is truly the building of Community and not just buildings! A huge thank you to all those supporting the project.

May 2020 update

At last our funding strategy is being realised. We are grateful to Milton Keynes Council for its financial support of £100,000 towards the new building.

In February 2020 the ASTRA team submitted a bid to the Lottery Community Fund for £100,000. Two weeks ago, after nine months of submissions and just days before a £100,000 grant was due for final approval, The National Lottery announced that Community Fund applications would be `paused’ and all funding prioritised for communities affected by COVID -19.

After six years of effort – and despite having already raised an incredible £300,000 – this shortfall is a devastating and likely fatal blow to the critical task of saving our hall.

The hall is at point of collapse and our plan to build this summer is now significantly under threat.

We are presently appealing for very URGENT donations under `Gift Aid’ to bridge our immediate funding gap and are again hopeful of last minute success. Under the scheme it costs a 40% tax payer donating £1,000 just £750.00 however the benefit to the project is £1,250!

In the last few days of May just two donors alone have gifted the project in excess of £17,000 so the gap is narrowing!

To date total donations from generous residents and `Friends’ of ASTRA have contributed in excess of £200,000 to this project alone!

March 2020 update

At last our funding strategy is being realised. We are grateful to Milton Keynes Council for its financial support of £100,000 towards the new building. 

In February 2020 the ASTRA team submitted a bid to the Lottery Community Fund for £100,000. This application follows on from our preliminary proposals to the Community Fund, and we are hopeful of success. 

In addition the ASTRA team is delighted to have gained financial support from private donors amounting to more than £100,000!