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Funding for Leadership and Management Training within the Heritage Sector (UK)

Funding is available for organisations or partnerships to support those working with heritage to build their skills in organisational leadership and management.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is inviting organisations to apply for Business Support Funding. The funding will be used to deliver programmes of training and development to support heritage organisations across the UK to develop their business skills.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund expect to support a programme in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England, with a total grant budget of up to £2million. We are open to proposals that cover more than one country. This forms part of our total £3m investment which also includes funding for a UK-wide enterprise development programme.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund want to support partnerships or consortia to deliver a bespoke programme of capacity building support across the core building blocks of organisational leadership and management in each of the four countries of the UK. This would include, for example:

  • governance
  • business planning
  • financial planning and management
  • strategic leadership
  • enterprise development
  • fundraising
  • impact measurement
  • setting and tracking performance

These programmes should be accessible to smaller community organisations operating in heritage looking to professionalise their business practice, as well as medium-sized organisations and larger ones (by income) demonstrating a strong need. The emphasis is on development of core skills and opportunities to become better networked, better supported and more forward looking.

Organisations taking part may be at different stages of development and successful delivery partners will need to take account of the diversity of organisations operating in the heritage sector in the design of their programmes.  

The National Lottery Heritage Fund expect four programmes to be run at country scale, engaging around 250 organisations across the whole of the UK, although the same lead delivery partner may bid to do this in more than one country. Programmes may be delivered through partnerships or consortia involving specialist leadership development and training providers working with heritage umbrella and other bodies to ensure reach into all parts of the sector. 

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is noon on the 13th January 2020. Applicants successful at this stage will have until noon on the 20th February 2020mto submit a full applications. Applicants will be notified by 28 March 2020.


Useful Links:

£250,000–£5m application guidance

Application help notes 

Standard terms of grant £250,000 to £5m 

23rd December 2019