A grant of £75,000 awarded to Bedford charity the King’s Arms Trust has helped more development of its King’s House facility.
A new function room, suitable for both conference meetings and dinner dances and a large training room, will complement the existing multi-purpose rooms available for community use.
Construction of the new facilities started on September 16 and is due to take about 10 weeks, with this phase of the project costing £155,000.
The £75k cash boost has been given by WREN, a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.
King’s House chairman of trustees, Roydon Loveley, said: “It’s fantastic that WREN can make funds like this available to communities and we are thrilled to have been selected. We are looking forward to welcoming more people into King’s House from the local community.”
The King’s House venue is complemented by the Ground Floor Coffee Shop and is the home of the King’s Arms Church.
This grant has been match funded by members of the church and takes the investment in the building to more than £2 million.
Already well used by a number of community groups and organisations as well as for private functions, the award will increase the flexibility of the accommodation available to help meet the increasing demand for high quality community space in the town.
Pete Cox, managing director of WREN said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community projects and we’re delighted to support the King’s Arms Trust in their valuable work in Bedford.”