When appropriate, we may form a partnership with a Meanwhile Operator to deliver a project. This will involve Meanwhile Foundation entering into a lease on the vacant property and a service level agreement with the Meanwhile Operator to manage the space and its users.  Because the foundation is a registered charity, we receive mandatory business rate relief, which helps make our work cost-effective. We can therefore providing certainty of the costs involved by reducing business rate liabilities on premises and supporting projects to overcome significant barriers to their delivery. 

  • The partnership application form covers the need for partnership and deliverability of the proposal. This helps us assess whether the proposal has outputs that are in line with our Charitable Objects.
  • We are a volunteer led organisation so are not able to enter into ad hoc conversations
  • The Board will meet yearly to assess partnership proposals
  • If your project outputs are in line with our Charitable Objects, we’ll carry the property risk for you.  Because we are a charity, your project will then receive mandatory business rate relief.
  • It is highly likely that Partners will need to have a track record of operating temporary use spaces, have the operational set up to enable them to do so in a safe and compliant manner and can present a considered business plan for taking on any proposed spaces. 
  • On occasion partners without this pre-requisite experience but who have additional support from an additional partner organisation may be considered. 
  • In return for an agreed partnership fee, Meanwhile Foundation can hold leases for spaces and provide strategic guidance and support to the partner to ensure the best possible social impacts for the project. 

Partnership scoring criteria

Partnership application form

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Open Doors

21 January 2019
A pilot scheme matching landlords struggling to find tenants for their empty properties with community groups looking for space.

Chesterfield House, Wembley

5 December 2018
Low cost office, studio, workshop space and a car park for creatives and entrepreneurs

Queens Parade in Willesden green

6 January 2016
Start up and retail incubation in Willesden green for those who are ready for a longer stint in a supported retail space

Start Here in Harrow

1 October 2015
Start Here aimed to seed and nurture Harrow's enterprising spirit by enabling opportunities from vacant and underused commercial spaces

Arches 504 + 505 in Loughborough Junction

5 October 2014
[email protected] Meanwhile Foundation is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1151901 and company number 08251662 at c/o Anthony Collins Solicitors Llp 134, Edmund Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2ES. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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