Funding and Equipment for the Marsh Farm OW

Funding, bases and equipment needed for the Marsh Farm OW has been secured from a number of different sources:

Buildings, land and set up equipment:

Over the years we have been working towards the OW, MFO have gathered a wealth of equipment for people setting up new enterprises in the OW.

These include:

  • Marsh House (one of Luton's oldest farmhouses) is available as a base for the new enterprise thanks to almost £150,000 of voluntary building work carried out by MFO team plus volunteers from the estate to bring the house back into use. MFO have secured offer of a 15 year lease and obtained planning consent to turn the farmhouse into a family vistors centre housing a cafe/restaurant, hands on history room, DJ academy and music studio plus office bases for community businesses.
  • Farmland at Underwood Close (3 acres) Shillington (7 acres) and Pulloxhill (36 acres).
  • Fully equipped mobile catering van
  • 7.5 tonne Ford Iveco lorry
  • Fullly equipped digital music engineering studio in purpose built floating room for maximum sound quality
  • 8 Petrol Go Karts and 4 Mini Karts
  • 3 Freightliner Storage Containers/Workshops
  • Fully equipped office with 5 PCs, printing equipment and telephones
  • 90 x 30 ft canvas Marquee
  • 20 x 20 marquees x 2

Other set up equipment and materials needed will be bought before the OW starts in March 2015

Funding for raw materials, set up equipment, mentors fees, accreditation costs, OW directors fees flights and accomodation and project evaluation:

To cover these costs we secured £100,000 grant funding through the Community Organisers programme's social action fund run by Locality. Most of the fund will be used for set up equipment as the mentors, OW team and accreditation assessors are all working at a much reduced rate both to support the people taking part and to help pilot the OW approach in the UK.

Participants Incomes:

We have managed to secure agreement for a 12 week training allowance from Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) followed by 6 months support from the New enterprise Allowance for those who wish to take their enterprise forward. In practice this provides 40 participants with a weekly payment equivalent to Job Seekers Allowance plus housing and other benefits for up to 9 months whilst they build the capacity to run the enterprise properly.

The value of this combined DWP support is more than £221,000

OW facilitators incomes (MFO)

MFO have won seperate contracts with Luton Adult Learning and Locality to provide training in BUD (Bottom Up Development) to residents and community organisers. We are using income earned from these jobs totalling approximately £30,000 to cover our staff and office costs during the OW.