The Cullompton Walronds Preservation Trust (CWPT) has been extraordinarily fortunate in the degree of support it has been given. Without the advice, encouragement and financial support which the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) provided at the outset in 1996 and 1997 and thereafter, the project could not have even begun. AHF funding made possible the feasibility study carried out by Niall Phillips in 1997, and also the options appraisal he completed in 2008. These documents provided the basis for fundraising.
The initial breakthrough came in September 2008 with a decision at Mid Devon District Council (MDDC) to provide £100,000 for development work. This vote was crucial to decisons made in 2009 by Devon County Council (DCC) to provide £250,000 from the sale of Exeter airport, and by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to give first round funds of £33,300. Separately, English Heritage (EH) had been following the project from the outset with inspections and technical advice. They made a development grant of £150,000.
As development work continued, and the management team was assembled (led by B2B arcitects), fundraising continued alongside community activities within and around the property. The first large grant from a private source was a donation of £100,000 from the J P Getty Jnr Charitable Trust. Working with our partners in the Vivat Trust, further grants of £30,000 from the Pilgrim Trust and £150,000 from the Monument Trust followed. The Wolfson Foundation made a grant of £25,000 and a grant of £20,000 was made by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
In the period leading to considerations of funding for the second or construction round by EH and the HLF, grants of £5000 each were made by the Mercers’ Company and the Leathersellers’ Company and a grant of £3650 was made by Cullompton United Charities. With the agreement of Cullompton Town Council, MDDC made an award of £10,000 from section 106 money for development of the extensive garden.
In July 2010 the HLF gave the project a second round pass with a grant of £1,746,400.