Tuesday, 28 June 2016

HLF Start-Up Grants Programme Due to Close

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations, including charities and trusts, community, voluntary and friends-of groups, companies limited by guarantee, community and parish councils, Community Interest Companies and social enterprises have one month left to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000.

Organisations that do not have a bank account or constitution already in place, but who want to use a Start-up grant to help them do so, will need to ask an existing not-for-profit organisation to make the application and accept the funding on their behalf.

The funding can pay for activities that:

   - Make a difference to people, heritage and communities in the UK.
   - Have not yet started.
   - Will last no more than one year.

Examples of the types of activity that can be funded, include, but are not limited to:

   - Transfer of heritage to community ownership:
      - Research into the needs and interests of local people and how they want the heritage to be used.
      - Research into the use and management of other similar heritage sites to learn how they have been successful.
      - Training, mentoring and other opportunities for group members to develop relevant skills.
      - Advice on preparation of a business plan.
      - Commission a specialist to conduct a condition survey to identify what repair or conservation is needed.
   - Setting up a new heritage group.
      - Specialist advice on a suitable constitution.
      - Research into what activities local people would be interested in taking part in.
      - Commission advice and support in creating a robust plan for the first year’s activities.
      - Room hire for the first year’s activities.
   - Building capacity and skills of a new friends group.
      - Advice on a suitable constitution and/or partnership agreement.
      - Advice on business related issues, such as VAT.
      - Advice on developing a sustainable fundraising strategy.

From 28 July 2016, the soon-to-be-announced new Resilient Heritage programme will accept applications for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for activities currently supported through Start-up Grants programme.

The final deadline for applications to the Start-Up Grants programme is 27 July 2016 (5pm).


(Source: Grantfinder)

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