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?
Please note that applications are now closed for all regions with the exception of the Scotland - Gaelic language programme.
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 particularly interested in receiving applications from heritage organisations who promote any of the following sectors:
Landscapes, Parks & Nature; Community Heritage; Culture & Memories;
Industrial, Maritime and Transport
If your organisation does not fall into these heritage types you can still apply.
In Scotland, we are delivering a programme in Scottish Gaelic language (with bi-lingual resources).
See FAQ's for full eligibility criteria and participation requirements.
We are accepting applications for our Gaelic programme until 9am Thursday 5th
Click the button below to download the application pack and apply:
Enquiries and applications to | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.