Funding and a programme of specialist support are available for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to help turn a new business idea into reality.
- Funding body:
- National Lottery Heritage Fund (Heritage Fund)
- Maximum value:
- £ 10,000
- Application deadline:
Social Enterprise Academy is administering the Steps to Sustainability programme on behalf of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Objectives of Fund
As heritage organisations across the UK come under increasing pressure and financial constraints, the aim of the Steps to Sustainability programme is to provide a pathway of support for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to enable them to turn a new income generating business idea into reality.
Programme participants receive:
- A 15-month package of support to develop their income generating idea.
- Access to funding of up to £10,000.
Who Can Apply
Applications will be accepted from small to medium-sized heritage organisations based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and those who want to attend a Scottish Gaelic language delivered programme who:
- Have an income-generating idea that is not yet fully formed.
- Need the resources and support the programme offers to pursue their idea.
- Will release up to two people from their organisation, ideally a trustee and a staff member or volunteer to attend the full programme.
Eligible organisations include:
- Social enterprises.
- Local authorities.
- Community Interest Companies (CICs).
- Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs).
- Limited companies.
Large development bodies or large funding organisations are not eligible.
There are no limitations on what ideas programme participants may develop. Examples could include:
- Creating or improving a retail/café offer.
- Developing an outside space.
- Redeveloping a disused space.
- Offering facilities for events.
- Linking with external organisations to provide a service.
How To Apply
The Round 2 deadline for applications is 23 July 2021.
Application packs and further information for each UK regional programme are available from the Social Enterprise Academy website.
Useful documents & links
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Social Enterprise Academy
5 Rose Street
Tel: 0131 243 2670
Email: [email protected]