Graylingwell Chapel will soon get a new lease of life following a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project will see the renovation of the chapel into a warm and inviting multi-purpose space that will serve the community both at Graylingwell Park and Chichester for decades to come.
Commenting on the award, Clare de Bathe, director of Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT), said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the start-up fund from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“We are going to make the most of this amazing opportunity – we want to save the building and heritage of Graylingwell Chapel for future generations.
“Graylingwell Chapel will not only be a wonderful community venue for Chichester, but will also be a fascinating place to visit.”
Explaining the importance of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support, Stuart McLeod, the head of the HLF in the South East, said: “We’re delighted to award this National Lottery grant to help the Chichester Community Development Trust take the first steps towards bringing the Graylingwell Chapel back into use for the community and we look forward to seeing how the plans develop.”
With the HLF funds, CCDT has established a chapel steering group to take the project forward, made up of volunteers from the community and is designed to represent the wider Chichester community’s interests.
The team will engage and consult with residents, young people, partners, future funders and those currently or intending to use the building to get their views on what the building will look and feel like.