As reported in the Heritage Alliance Update
Last week at a launch event at
the British Museum, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) set out its plans for
investing £375m a year of lottery money over the next five years, with the
publication of its Strategic Framework 2013-18.
HLF Chair Dame Jenny Abramsky
pledged to work with heritage organisations and other partners across the UK to
build a resilient heritage economy, and outlined details of new funding streams
designed to enable a strong, robust sector to rise to the challenging
conditions it now faces.
The strategic framework for
2013-2018 includes plans to: run a further round of the Skills for the Future
programme; offer development funding and professional mentoring, and introduce
start-up grants and transition funding for organisations needing to cope with
new challenges; kick start philanthropy through providing endowments and
smaller grants for capacity building, and support for fundraising training;
stimulate local economic growth with a new Heritage Enterprise scheme designed
to fund partnerships – including social and private enterprises – to develop
sustainable new uses for the most challenging historic sites; encourage the
sector to use digital technology, by asking HLF-supported projects to make
their digital content widely available at no charge and funding stand-alone
digital projects; and extend HLF support for heritage in private ownership
under the Our Heritage programme (£10,000 to £100,000) for physical works to
heritage, provided they achieve a “step-change” in terms of public access and
engagement. HLF also plans to continue to make the application process more
straightforward, with the introduction of Sharing Heritage – a new grant
programme for smaller projects needing £3,000-£10,000.
For further details
and information on all the funding streams and initiatives, see the full
Strategic Framework here.
To see The Alliance's response to the HLF Strategic Framework, click here.