£250,000 HLF extension to successful Giving to Heritage training programme

Giving to Heritage programme

24 March 2016

The Heritage Alliance has been awarded £250,000 under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Catalyst Umbrella programme to extend Giving to Heritage for another 12 months from June 2016. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising.

The Heritage Alliance, the largest coalition of heritage interests in England, will launch a new series of new training events in June 2016 in partnership with the IoF to support heritage, museums and local community groups across the UK to improve skills and confidence in applying for private, corporate and community sources of funds. 

Due to the strong demand in the independent heritage sector for continuing fundraising training, there will be a series of workshops, webinars, coaching and other training events at locations across England for both inexperienced and experienced fundraisers. In addition, a series of new workshop subjects will be launched covering how to apply for social investment funds and how to set up a community shares project. Further details will be announced shortly. 

In its initial two years, Giving to Heritage training has been received by over 1,100 heritage staff and volunteers, representing nearly 600 different organisations. Confidence levels in heritage fundraising and capacity building have increased substantially and there have been several examples of real successes including major sums raised from new approaches donors. 

Loyd Grossman, CBE, FSA, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance said: 

“Giving to Heritage has been the largest project The Heritage Alliance has managed to date and it has been an overwhelming success, bringing new confidence and new funds to the independent heritage sector. Never has the need to search for private sources of funds been more important, and Giving to Heritage has been delivering the much-needed training to develop the skills the sector has been asking for. I am delighted that the HLF has allowed us to continue to deliver this exciting programme, in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising”.


Sarah Munro, Director of Business Development and Finance at the Institute of Fundraising said: 

"We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with the Heritage Alliance in delivering the Giving to Heritage programme.  There has never been a more important time for the heritage sector to develop the skills needed to secure vital funds for their wonderful work.  Building on the success of the programme so far, we look forward to sharing expertise, training and support with heritage, museums and community organisations in the years to come.” 


Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Visit: www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery