Heritage Fund: Business Support Funding Wales (United Kingdom)SHARES
The Heritage Fund is inviting organisations to apply for Business Support Funding for Wales, to deliver a programme of training and development to support heritage organisations.
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The programme will help organisations develop their business skills and achieve a better representation of people in heritage – for example through encouraging people with certain protected characteristics and/or on low incomes to participate in heritage.
The training and development programme should aim to provide business support to develop more resilient and forward-looking organisations working in heritage, with:
More organisations with the skills and capacity to diversify their income, develop their supporters, volunteers and audiences, respond to new opportunities and withstand threats;
Stronger networks among peer organisations in heritage across Wales.
The Fund believes:
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Everyone in the UK has a stake in heritage;
Everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from National Lottery funding, regardless of age, class, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, income or sexuality;
Heritage that is more inclusive will be more sustainable;
As a funder, they should demonstrate leadership to achieve higher levels of inclusion in heritage, which is key to a flourishing, more equitable society.
The Fund expects to fund one programme in Wales with a maximum grant of £250,000.
The funded programme will need to engage participants from across Wales, with a particular emphasis on plans to recruit participants from the current Areas of Focus in Wales – Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
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Target participants should be:
Small and medium-sized organisations working in heritage;
Organisations new to working in heritage (eg asset transfer recipients, or community groups championing intangible heritage).
You can apply if you are:
A not-for-profit organisation;
A partnership led by a not-for-profit organisation.
Organisations or partnerships looking to apply should also meet the following criteria:
Demonstrable track record in delivering creative and successful business support programmes with organisations in the heritage sector or with organisations with some similar characteristics to heritage SMEs;
Capacity to support organisations across Wales;
Demonstrable understanding of the needs and challenges of smaller organisations in the heritage sector;
Demonstrable commitment to learning and evaluation of what works;
Demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion;
Operational and financial capacity to deliver a programme at this scale.
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Applicants should allocate some budget for evaluation within the programme budget and we will work with the successful applicant on their evaluation framework.
The evaluation approach will need to include collecting data and tracking progress of participants in these programmes across a range of measures over time, for example:
Organisations having measurably different funding mixes and business models;
Organisations having more valuable and exploitable physical, intangible and financial assets (including but not limited to reserves);
Improved performance in key areas such as governance;
Increased capacity and resources;
Developed organisational behaviours and cultures which are known to support resilience.
For more information, visit https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/business-support-funding-wales