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Live Chat at HLF Online Community

Theme: How to use endowments to secure the future of your heritage
Thursday 12th July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Are you involved in the fundraising activities of your organisation and looking to build long-term financial sustainability?  Join us for this live chat when we’ll be discussing what heritage and charitable organisations need to do to become more resilient and diversify income.It will be particularly interesting for those of you who are involved in fundraising activities. 

Find out what your organisation needs to put in place before starting an endowment campaign, how to build an endowment fund and position it within other fundraising priorities, how to use the appeal of match funding, and how to communicate effectively an endowment to different types of donors. 

Hear first-hand from HLF grantees who have successfully completed their endowment challenge as part of the Catalyst Endowments funding programme. Our guests will share the successes and challenges they faced along their fundraising journey and answer any questions you might have. 

Find out more and join the chat here.


Have Your Say On The Future Priorities Of The Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is currently running a consultation on their future direction and funding priorities and you can contribute via short survey which closes on Thursday 22nd March.

Comments are being invited on a proposed new approach including targeted funding campaigns, repayable loans and public involvement in decision-making, all of which could have a role over the next five years in ensuring the most effective use of National Lottery money to support the UK’s heritage.

Chief Executive of HLF Ros Kerslake, said:  “Since 1994, HLF has distributed £7.8bn to over 40,000 heritage projects – an unparalleled legacy that has transformed neighbourhoods, communities, visitor attractions and people’s lives across the length and breadth of the nation.

“In doing so we have also led change and innovation across the UK heritage sector through our inclusive and progressive approach to heritage and people. We have championed a democratic view of heritage as what we value from the past and want to hand on to the future, and nurtured community-driven approaches to local heritage and identity.

“We now hold a unique position as the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage and, at a time of increased competition and reduced budgets, want to be sure we are using every pound of National Lottery players’ money in the best way possible.

“We see our future role as inspiring, leading and resourcing our heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.”

For more information and details on how to contribute please visit the HLF website.


Heritage Lottery Fund – Strategic Funding Framework Consultation

Using money raised by National Lottery players the Heritage Lottery Fund invests in the full breadth of the UK’s heritage to make a lasting difference for heritage and people. Their online consultation, about their next Strategic Funding Framework for 2019-2024, will be opening soon. 

They want their new strategy to benefit from and reflect the expertise and experience of the widest possible range of stakeholders across the heritage sector and beyond. The consultation will provide the opportunity to share your thoughts on their strategic direction and proposals. The findings will then help them to set their priorities for how they should use National Lottery Good Causes income for the period from 2019 to 2024.

The consultation will be independently run by ComRes, a research consultancy, who will host the online consultation. Further information will follow soon.

Heritage Lottery Fund and Heritage Trust Update

Say Thank You to National Lottery Players

Thank National Lottery players this Christmas by offering ticket-holders a free treat.

Without National Lottery players, the £7.7billion of funding awarded to more than 42,000 heritage projects since 1994, would not be possible.

This December, we’re asking you to thank them – and show that their money has been well invested – by offering them free entry, or some other treat.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gainsborough’s House and the Watts Gallery have all piloted ‘free-entry-with-a-National-Lottery-ticket’ promotions, and reported increased footfall and a wider demographic of visitors than they would normally expect, and a positive response overall.

Now, as part of a month-long National Lottery celebration, we’re asking HLF-supported visitor attractions to take part in a co-ordinated week of free offer heritage activity from 11-17 December. If you already offer free entry, how about a free coffee, a guided tour, some free tickets to a paid-for exhibition?

We’ll provide you with all the tools and information you need to run your own free offer; HLF and The National Lottery will support your involvement with website, social media, and press promotion. And details of the campaign will be featured on 37,000 National Lottery point-of-sale media screens.

Want to join in? 

Find out what to do next, hear about Gainsborough’s House and Gressenhall’s previous free entry promotions, then register your participation and download the toolkit to get started planning your free offer.

We’ve posted some FAQs in the Online Community – if there’s anything we’ve missed, please ask us in the comments there. We’ll also be hosting a live chat on Thursday 12 October with special guests who have piloted free ticket offers, and can share their advice with you.

HLF is announcing new easy-to-apply-for microgrants at a special event on November 10 and 11. Individual grants, worth between £200 and £3,000, will be given to community projects to discover more about Barrow’s past.

The microgrants will be available from November 2017 to February 2018 and the total grant pot is just £25,000. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

The Cumbrian coastal town has been chosen to pilot the microgrant scheme in the UK, as a new way of awarding money raised by National Lottery players to heritage projects. The scheme is open to community groups within Barrow-in-Furness district – which is in a Priority Area for funding for HLF – and especially to those that have never applied for a grant before.

With this in mind, the grants will be easy to apply for with a minimum of form filling involved and applicants can expect to receive an instant answer to their project idea.

Head of HLF North West, Nathan Lee, said: “The National Lottery is investing in the spirit of Barrow and we want to hear from local people whatever their heritage project may be. This is a new and different way of giving heritage grants and we are delighted that Barrow has been chosen as the place where we will be piloting this for the first time in the UK.”

Welcoming the initiative, Andrew Bass, Business Development Officer for Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), said: “This is brilliant news for Barrow. The area has such a rich and varied history so it has been great to find out that HLF and the National Lottery have chosen us for its microgrants pilot. We look forward to as many groups as possible bringing ideas to the event in November and in the weeks following to explore, discuss and display the heritage of this vibrant town.”

Barrow has a proud industrial history, especially shipbuilding, having constructed many of the Royal Navy’s ships and submarines. Natural history is also well-served with local nature reserves and the town’s location on the edge of the beautiful unspoiled landscapes of the Lake District.

People love a good story, especially one centred on their home town. The microgrants will give the community a chance to discover and share those stories, whether about a local organisation’s roots, historic figures, sporting achievements or a little known event from the past. Everything will be considered.

The microgrants scheme is being launched at a special two-day event on 10 and 11 November at the Art Gene Gallery, Barrow. On the first day the scheme will be presented to local heritage organisations. On the second day, Day 2 – Saturday 11 November – applicants can put their ideas to HLF North West staff and they are promised an on-the-spot answer.

But don’t worry if you are unable to attend. A further applicant session will be held in the town in mid-December or, in the meantime, people can contact the HLF North West Team on 0161 200 8470 or NorthWest@hlf.org.uk.

Heritage Trust Network North West Area Event
Wednesday 22nd November
Gorton Monastery, Manchester

Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds. Their mission is to help others do the same.

They operate throughout the United Kingdom, drawing together and supporting the work of local heritage groups, whether constituted as building preservation trusts, community trusts or social enterprises.

Heritage Trust Network, predominantly run by professional volunteers, provides an invaluable platform for members by way of peer-to-peer support, knowledge sharing and skills development. Our guidance and advice helps groups throughout the lifetime of their project from start up to post completion. Just as importantly, Heritage Trust Network also gives this extraordinary grassroots movement a united voice, representing their views to government and funding bodies.

Find out more: heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

If you are considering tackling a building at risk, setting up a not-for-profit organisation, or simply interested in what they do, then get in touch and attend one of the area meetings.

To book a place at the event use our eventbrite page.

Job Opportunities: Heritage Lottery Fund North West

Development Officer x2
£22,365 – 25,945 (prorated per annum for part time)
Manchester Office
The primary purpose of this role is to assist the Development Manager and the North West team in providing clear feedback and honest advice through HLF’s Project Enquiry service and supporting the planning, implementation and evaluation of outreach strategies in the North West.

The closing date for applications is Midnight 20 September 2017 and interviews will be held in Manchester on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October 2017.

Potential applicants are invited to go along to the HLF offices in Manchester to find out more about working for HLF. An open session will take place on Friday 15 September at 3pm and repeated at 5pm (no appointment necessary) Please note this session is not mandatory and is for information sharing only – it will take place at Carver’s Warehouse, 77 Dale Street, Manchester M1 2HG. Please contact us if you have any accessibility requirements.

To review the job description and to apply for this role, please complete the application form demonstrating how you meet the Person Specification.

If you have not heard from the recruiting officer two weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been successful.

For more details please visit the jobs page.

HLF Live Chat: Museums

Thursday 8th June
12:30 – 13:30

From the HLF:

In the past 10 years alone, HLF has awarded more than £830million to more than 1,300 accredited museums and galleries around the UK. We’ve funded institutions large and small – from national, to local authority, and independent museums – and contributed to the refurbishment of buildings, the acquisition of collections, projects to increase audiences and participation, and supported organisational sustainability.

But we know that it’s a difficult time for many museums right now, so we’re bringing together HLF staff and expert guests for a discussion about how best to use our funding, sustainability, and the future of your museum.

Join us on Thursday 8 June from 12.30-1.30pm to follow the conversation and ask us any questions you may have here.


Capital Development Network: Working with architects

Manchester Museum
Wednesday 29th March
10:30 – 12:30

Developed in collaboration with Heritage Lottery Fund during this workshop we will hear from Meneka Munroe, Museum Client Representative, Courtyard Project from Manchester Museum and Sam Johnson from the University of Manchester who will talk about their experience of working with architects and share best practice when going through a capital development project. The session is also an opportunity to hear from ARUP and us about our new U-Values publication.

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Job Opportunity: HLF London

Research and Evaluation Support Officer
Salary: £25,403-£28,655 pa, permanent, full-time
Ref number: SBD180816.09

The Heritage Lottery Fund is recruiting for a Research and Evaluation Support Officer to support the smooth running of the recently expanded Research and Evaluation teams within the Strategy and Business Development Department. You will be responsible for the co-ordination and support of programme evaluations, research projects and strategic initiatives undertaken by the teams and administration across both teams (six people in total). 

This will entail preparation of data drawn from various internal sources for research and evaluation purposes, supporting procurement and contracting activity, budget monitoring and some general office administration.

Closing date for online applications Wed 16 November (midnight).

Interviews will be held in our London office on 24 November 2016.

For more information on the post and how to apply visit:  hlf.org.uk

HLF Resilience Heritage Programme Launch

Heritage Lottery Fund’s Resilient Heritage programme will offer grants of £3,000-£250,000 to aid museums to strengthen their organisations, and build the capacity of their staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

On Thursday 4 August via their website, HLF will be discussing all things resilience, to tie into the launch of their new funding programme, Resilient Heritage, which opens on 28 July.

They  will be discussing what this programme can fund, and how it can support organisations to build their capacity and undertake strategic change. With contributions from Anne Young, Head of Strategic and Corporate Planning, and Catherine Elvin, the Programme Manager, as well as experts and professionals from the heritage, and voluntary and community sectors.

Please visit the site on 4 August from 12.30-1.30pm to find out more, and ask your own questions about the new programme, and the challenges and opportunities for the heritage sector around governance, fundraising, business, income and skills.

Skills For The Future Is Back

Skills for the Future is a HLF grants programme for projects which provide paid work-based training placements to meet a skills shortage in the heritage sector and help diversify the workforce. Grants will be from £100,000 to £750,000.

In two previous rounds, in 2010 and 2014, our trustees awarded grants to 93 projects, investing £47m across the UK. To date, 40 projects have completed, over 1,700 trainees have been recruited and 1,300 of those have finished their placement.

On 24 June 2016, we will publish guidance and forms on our website when the programme opens to applications. There will be a two-round application process, with 29 September the deadline for first round applications.

If you would like to register for one of HLF’s information workshops then please book via Eventbrite.

If you experience any issues booking a place or you can’t attend a workshop but would like to receive an alert when programme guidance is ready, please email the Skills team.

For further details, please see here.