The Heritage Alliance Receives Resilience Funding
The Heritage Alliance, the umbrella body for the heritage sector in England, has been awarded a two year resilient heritage grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to National Lottery players.
‘Resilient Heritage Alliance’ will be a transformational project aiming to move the organisation to a more sustainable footing, ensuring that it can continue to advocate for and support more than 7 million members, staff and volunteers in heritage every year.
The project will enable growth and skills development not just for the Heritage Alliance, but for the 130+ current member organisations (including Icon), their audiences and beneficiaries. It will serve a wider network of stakeholders including the Alliance’s c.20,000 social media followers and 15,000 Heritage Update readers.
The resilience project seeks a combination of staffing, professional expertise and training to strengthen the potency of the Alliance and enable it to respond with greater agility to the needs of its Member organisations. The investment in the Alliance is expected to transform its internal capacity, build up operational resilience and improve the sustainability of its services.
The project will address three specific areas of support:
1. Capacity for Growth through added capacity to the Heritage Alliance team through two new posts
2. Expertise for Growth through specialist expertise, including membership to business and new service development to fundraising and income generation
3. Skills for Growth through skills-building for staff and trustees
Heritage Alliance Chairman Peter Ainsworth commented: “This is great news for the Heritage sector, and a clear recognition of the enormous economic and social benefits which our member organisations deliver across the country."
The Heritage Alliance unites over 130 independent heritage organisations in England as a powerful, effective and independent advocate for heritage. As England’s biggest coalition of heritage interests it brings together independent heritage organisations from the National Trust, English Heritage, Canal & River Trust and Historic Houses, to more specialist bodies representing visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, funders and educationalists. Its members’ 7 million volunteers, trustees, members and staff demonstrate the strength and commitment of the independent heritage movement.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund uses money raised by the National Lottery, to inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.
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