«Adopte un château», Adopt a castle,
the association that save castles
On the French territory are found more than 30 000 castles. Many of them are unfortunately abandoned and get gradually damaged, lacking of financial inputs to maintain them.
"Adopte un château" has been founded in 2015. The young association aims to save this heritage through a network of enthusiasts. A team serving the French heritage ! The team is assisting owners and communities with their restoration projects via multiple means : project engineering, historical and archeological studies, funds seeking, etc. The association also sealed a partnership with Dartagnans, a crowd funding online platform.
There are many projects ! The association currently works with owners and various organisms on saving several sites : The castles of Cadrieu (Lot), Gurgy (Côte-d’Or), Montbrian (Ain), Meauce (Nièvre), etc.
The main goal of these supported actions is to bring solutions to manage, administrate and finally save these sites. But even more … The association wants to show that the heritage offers a major economical value and can strengthen territorial development: it creates a social link.
Within the current social context, history and heritage are getting a stronger voice as they are reminders of values from the past, comforting values. Stéphane Bern and his TV shows like Secrets d’Histoire, Le monument préféré des Français or Le village préféré des Français, broadcasted on France TV channel, are showing us that heritage is a beloved theme to French people.
WHAT IF WE ADOPTED THE EBAUPINAY CASTLE ?
OR HOW TO BECOME A CHATELAIN FOR ONLY 50€
A COLLECTIVE PURCHASE OF A CASTLE :
A CONCEPT SIGNED BY
DARTAGNANS x ADOPTE UN CHÂTEAU
It’s the new challenge proposed by the Adopte un château association in partnership with the Crowdfunding agency Dartagnans. After the worldwide success of the first collective purchase of a monument, which gathered 27 910 enthusiastic people, from 115 countries, around the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, Dartagnans and Adopte un Château are proud to present their new project of collective purchase : the fortified castle of Ebaupinay.
Purchasing collectively a monument of our heritage is an innovative concept imagined by these two partners. The aim here is not only to prevent a castle from ruin but also to give it a second life, through the creation of tourism, and economic activities.
All projects result from a common desire to offer a new business model to preserve our monuments. Our vision is to raise people awareness about the promotion and preservation of our heritage, too often abandoned.
Purchasing collectively a monument will necessarily incur: saving a monument in danger, develop an economically viable activity in its territory and create a strong community around it. Our objectives are simple: build, be involved, think and innovate TOGETHER.
WHY CHOOSING THE CASTLE OF THE EBAUPINAY ?
This fortified castle from the end of the 15th century has been waiting for its rebirth for years. It is labeled Monument Historiques. The impressive building burnt during the Vendée Wars in 1796 and needs today lots of work. Because its history is fabulous, tragic and deeply anchored in its territory, we could not let this fortified castle abandoned.
A COLLECTIVE PROJECT
Dartagnans and Adopte un Château join their forces once again to offer a great rescue project and allow you to become co-lords of this fortifies castle. We will build the future its future together and become its guardians.
As for the collective purchase of the Château de la Mothe Chandeniers, the fortified castle of the Ebaupinay will be purchased with an SAS company (Simplified joint-stock company). Each donor will have the opportunity to become a shareholder and therefore a co-owner of the fortified castle. Becoming a shareholder will require a symbolic payment of 1€ per share, which will be asked at the end of the campaign.
An online platform will be created to allow each shareholder to be aware of what is done at the castle (work, events, etc). The platform will also be used as place where shareholders can vote and give their ideas about the future of the caste.
Making an abandoned ruin become a collectively restored piece of work is definitely the best way to protect our heritage.