Key Fund Yorkshire and Tiger11
Tiger11’s first major project was the re-development of the local landmark building Hillside Primary School in Beeston into a sustainable community building providing a ‘Catalyst Centre’, office space, workshop space, community/conference space and a café/restaurant.
In May 2007, Tiger11 received a loan of £50,000 from the Key Fund for support in paying salaries, temporary office costs, office equipment and marketing. The group had found it extremely difficult to find funding from other sources as it was a relatively new organisation with no track record and was seen as a high-risk investment. The Key Fund loan allowed essential development work to take place, ensuring that some valuable streams of private finance were unlocked.
The Hillside redevelopment is now nearing completion with building works expected to finish in 2008, meaning that Tiger11 is getting closer to its vision of a thriving building that will become a ‘community anchor’.