Resilient Heritage Grants – HLF

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Resilient Heritage grants are available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve significant strategic change. This is to be achieved through acquiring new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership, business and income – in order to improve management of heritage for the long term.

You can apply at any time for a grant of between £3,000 and £250,000 and we will assess your application in eight weeks. There are two levels of funding under this programme: £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£250,000. If you are applying for a grant of £10,000 or less the application, assessment and monitoring process will be simpler than for grants over £10,000.

We support activities that: are defined at the outset; have not yet started; will usually take no more than 18 months to complete (maximum two years); and will contribute to achieving the outcomes we describe. The assessment process is competitive and we cannot fund all of the good quality applications that we receive. You can apply for funding for projects that will help you increase your organisational resilience by helping you to adapt to changing and challenging circumstances, withstand threats and respond to opportunities. We want to support organisations and groups to build their capacity through adopting new ways of working, testing out ideas, increasing skills of staff and trustees and becoming more financially sustainable.

Resilient Heritage is a flexible programme and can support a wide range of activities. It is up to you to make a strong case for the activity you want to undertake and what difference you expect this funding to make. Following your Resilient Heritage project, you will be able to show that your organisation is in a better position for the future as a result of the changes you have made, and that your project has helped you towards the long-term goals of the organisation.

Resilient Heritage can support individual organisations, partnerships or consortia to deliver a wide range of activities that will achieve the programme’s outcomes.

These include (but are not limited to): activities to support a group taking on new responsibility for heritage, such as working with a local authority on an asset transfer process conducting a viability appraisal or feasibility study looking at transforming the use of a historic building or other heritage asset investigating and trialling new approaches to fundraising, trading or other income generating activities conducting research into how you engage with existing and potential audiences and customers, and identifying improvements that can be implemented paying for specialist support to undertake a review of governance and an audit of trustee skills, and implement changes getting advice and support from a professional to review your business and operating model, develop a new business plan for the organisation and implement the key stages exploring alternative income streams and testing new approaches, which might include improving how your organisation demonstrates its social impact in order to attract a wider range of investors identifying opportunities to reduce negative environmental impacts and make efficiency savings providing short-term staff cover to release senior personnel from some of their duties, to increase their capacity to work on activities critical to organisational development identifying and paying for training for staff, volunteers and trustees to support the organisational changes you are aiming for providing support for networking and mentoring activity to enable the organisation to increase its reach and impact ensuring your organisation is prepared to take on a future capital project through undertaking specialist work such as condition surveys and initial planning to demonstrate long-term financial sustainability exploring options for winding down or merging with another organisation, including getting support in passing on responsibility for a heritage asset to ensure it is well managed in the long term exploring options on behalf of a group of organisations, for example, around the establishment of more formal networks or partnerships, and developing new strategic plans and approaches to looking after shared heritage, umbrella organisations or partnerships between heritage organisations and service providers can apply for funding for activities such as training and capacity building for organisations with responsibility for managing heritage

For more information and to download the application form please go to the website

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