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Who are we investing in?

Make it Sustainable is a vibrant community charity set up to safeguard The Old Print Works, a Grade II listed industrial site in South Birmingham, and preserve its heritage. It provides affordable studios, coworking and event space for local artists and arts organisations, designer makers and community enterprises.

In addition to being a platform for local creative talent and part of the city’s cultural infrastructure, Make it Sustainable also runs community classes and volunteer-led skills share sessions focused on improving the wellbeing of local residents and teaching them skills that are both creative and practical, helping to build a more resilient and sustainable community.

What are we investing in?

Make it Sustainable approached Arts Impact Fund for a loan of £300,000 that would allow it to purchase the freehold for The Old Print Works and make further improvements to the facilities and fabric of the building to make it more appealing to prospective tenants, boosting the charity’s financial bottom line.

Our investment will enable the organisation to make long-term plans for its future development and will help it improve its revenue generating capacity. Alongside this, Make it Sustainable will collaborate with its tenants on creating a joint approach to social impact measurement and will begin to capture the positive outcomes of its work more steadily.

Make it Sustainable is an example of a valuable heritage and community asset using social investment to take control of its finances and turn its fortunes around. We hope this will encourage other arts organisations facing hardship to think entrepreneurially and feel more confident that social investment can be an appropriate and affordable tool to help them optimise or transform their business models, become more resilient and find sustainable ways of bringing positive change to their communities of interest.

Read the full case study on Make it Sustainable on the Arts Impact Fund website.

Region

West Midlands

Art form

Workspace

Investment size

£300,000