Heritage organisations across the UK are under increasing pressure and financial constraints, with many facing extreme challenges to ensure a stable future.
With the additional impact of Covid-19, a culture of enterprise to build a sustainable and resilient heritage sector is needed now more than ever.
Steps to Sustainability, a new National Lottery Heritage Fund programme delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy, will provide a pathway of support to address these challenges. It will help your organisation to be ambitious, forward-thinking and deliver exciting new projects.
On this 15 month journey, you will learn to look outwards, build stronger partnerships and become more comfortable with the commercial aspects of running a heritage organisation. Learning with a network of peers and sector experts from across the UK, you will turn a new business idea into reality.
Click on your region to find out programme details, dates and how to apply
By taking part, you will have access to:
£50 per person (£100 per organisation if two people are attending)
Great to connect with new people and have so much support and resources. I think it could be transformational for us." Samantha Walker, St Andrews Preservation Trust, Round 1 participant
Who should apply?
Small to medium heritage organisations based in England, Northern Irelend, Wales & Scotland who:
- Have an income-generating idea that is not yet fully formed
- Need the resources and support this
programme offers to pursue this idea
- Will release up to two people from your organisation, ideally
a trustee and a staff member or volunteer to attend the full programme
- Can commit to the full programme
We are seeking to have as wide a range of heritage organisations as possible particpating. In round 2 we are prioritising places for
heritage organisations who promote specific sectors:
Landscapes, Parks & Nature; Community Heritage; Culture & Memories;
Industrial, Maritime and Transport
If your organisation does not fit into these categories you can still apply.
In Scotland, we are delivering a programme in Scottish Gaelic language (with bi-lingual resources). If you are based in Scotland but you are not a Gaelic language speaker, and your organisation falls into the categories above, you can still apply for a place on one of the other programmes.
See FAQ's for full eligibility criteria and participation requirements.
Apply by: Friday the 23rd of July 2021
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The project will be led and managed by Social Enterprise Academy Scotland and Social Enterprise Academy Wales (operated by Creating Enterprise CIC in partnership with Wales Co-operative Centre).
The project will also be supported by sector partners - Association of Independent Museums, Museums Galleries Scotland, Northern Ireland Museums Council and The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales.