Funding for Heritage Projects

We have an excellent track record in developing and delivering successful applications for grant funding across a wide range of heritage projects. With our in-house expertise and trusted associates, we can supply and manage all the specialist services needed to pull together individual bids, regardless of the funder or the type of project.

Our services include

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund – developing applications for physical works to individual buildings, places, parklands and townscapes; projects dealing with culture, memories and learning; developing organisational resilience; and Heritage Enterprise
  • Historic England/English Heritage – preparing MORPHE compliant project proposals and project designs; Applications for Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) & High Street HAZ
  • Architectural Heritage Fund – applications for Transforming Places through Heritage; business plans and feasibility studies
  • Arts Council   developing, writing and evaluating applications
  • Esmée Fairbairn – writing and developing Stage 1 & 2 applications across a range of grant streams
Gainsborough’s £2.1 million Historic Heart Townscape Heritage project successfully received NLHF funding in 2019

Not all the projects we work on cost millions of pounds

As well working on big value projects for a number of local authorities and private clients, we have acquired small-scale funding for several high profile third sector and charity clients, including the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), the Heritage Alliance and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA).

We can help you find the right funding for your project

We can help identify the most suitable funding opportunities for all types of heritage project and can develop it into an engaging and exciting programme of work that will be attractive to funders.

Some previous projects

The Local Heritage Engagement Network (LHEN) is an Esmee Fairbairn-funded project that aims to help the community engage with their heritage and give local people the information they need to confidently speak up for their local historic environment and services, and become advocates for heritage and archaeology. We developed and prepared the successful Stage 2 funding bid for the Council for British Archaeology, which included developing the project aims, objectives, activities and resources needed, as well as measurable outcomes to demonstrate what this vital project was delivering in practice.

As one of our many Townscape Heritage projects, we supplied all the services needed to develop and write the successful Stage 2 application for the £1.8 million Worksop Townscape Heritage scheme for Bassetlaw District Council in 2017. This involved understanding the physical condition of the buildings in the town and the pressures on, and issues with, the local economy; relating the project to communities and developing meaningful training and engagement activities to encourage local interest in the town. 

We won the funding for the Heritage 2020 project, a major initiative run by the Heritage Alliance as a means of strengthening partnerships and collaborative working across the historic environment sector to sustain and promote the historic environment of England, encourage access and broaden knowledge for a variety of audiences. The work involved developing a full Historic England MORPHE compliant Project Design which set out aims and objectives of the project, how it would be delivered and the resources needed, and how it would be evaluated over time.

We developed a successful MoRPHE Project Design for funding from Historic England for the First World War ‘Home Front Legacy‘, an initiative run by the Council for British Archaeology. The project aims to help everyone become involved in recording and safeguarding the physical legacy of the First World War in Britain and the funding allowed the development of training workshops for Historic Environment Record Services (HERS) and an online toolkit and app to allow people to log surviving sites, structures and buildings.

In 2018 we supported the Council for British Archaeology in their successful NLHF Resilient Heritage application. Our work involved bid writing, including providing a fully evidenced explanation of the issues needing to be addressed to safeguard the future of the charity and make it more robust, why help was needed ‘now’, what the project would involve and how it would be evaluated.