HLF – Resilient Heritage
Grants are available for organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change in order to improve the management of heritage in the long term. The Resilient Heritage scheme is administered and provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Projects should make a difference to people, heritage and communities in the UK.
Heritage includes many different things from the past that is valued and that people want to pass on to future generations, including:
Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives.
Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes.
Histories of places and events.
The heritage of languages and dialects.
Natural and designed landscapes and gardens.
People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’).
Places and objects linked to industrial, maritime and transport history.
Natural heritage including habitats, species and geology.
Specifically, the Resilient Heritage fund exists to support organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change in order to improve the management of heritage in the long term.
Essential eligibility criteria:
Resilient Heritage is a flexible programme and has the ability to support a wide range of activities including, but not limited to, the following:
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 engagement 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 the 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 the 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 necessary.
Providing support for networking and mentoring activity to enable the organisation to increase its reach and impact.
Ensuring the 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 also apply for funding for activities such as training and capacity building for organisations with responsibility for managing heritage.
Direct project costs are also covered. Examples of these include the following:
New staff posts to deliver the project.
Extra hours for existing staff to deliver the project.
The cost of filling a post left empty by moving an existing member of staff into a post created for the project.
Training and development costs.
Equipment and materials.
Evaluating the project.
All activities must meet the core outcomes of the HLF, which are:
Heritage will be better managed.
People will have developed skills.
The organisation will become more resilient.
The cost of appointing a mentor to provide the organisation with some external support in delivering the project can also be included.
Applications for grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 can be made at any time up until 27 September 2018. The deadline for grants of up to £100,000 was 18 January 2018.