Delboy Your approach is IMHO. Work out the costs in detail, prepare a budget and talk to the council as to how it will work. The precise amount need time writing in terms of council staff time which if not available by it being written, estimates will have to do. Then the council needs to determine the grant. If the council done want to provide a grant, you need a good risk management plan. We have a similar issue and the council will hopefully come to the table to consider such issue, though they all feel very sore about it all. But they asked for a large precept to run the place and got it, so we feel we may have as good as a year to sort it out properly. They did reject our offer to create such a budget in Dec, as they were still in denial over who owned what, but their legal advice pointed them in the right direction (the first time the council has obtained professional charity advice).