Rebuilding Heritage is a free business support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the heritage sector many organisations are being forced to rethink how they operate, why and who for. At this point of change, as well as difficulties there are also opportunities which can be embraced. Rebuilding Heritage will bring organisations together to share best practice, to find solutions to problems, and to develop a broad collective vision of the future for the sector.

The programme will build confidence in a time of crisis by supporting individuals and organisations to overcome immediate challenges and plan for a sustainable future. Rebuilding Heritage will be responsive to changing circumstances and the programme will evolve over the course of delivery.

Programme overview

The Rebuilding Heritage programme will provide training, advice, and support through:

  • one-to-one and group coaching and training sessions
  • opportunities for knowledge sharing
  • open access webinars
  • online guides and case studies

The programme will run until August 2021.

Who provides the business support?

Rebuilding Heritage is led by The Heritage Alliance and will be delivered through a partnership with Creative United, Clore Leadership, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, and Media Trust.

1:1 business support from Creative United

In a series of up to four 2-hour 1:1 business support sessions, Creative United will provide dedicated support from a business advisor to help organisations draw up plans to move forwards from the current crisis. This support is bespoke and can be tailored to heritage businesses and organisations of all scales and remits. Organisations will be paired with an advisor who will best fit their needs, challenges and goals, and will work with them on business planning activity that is appropriate to your situation. The advisor will help organisations to improve their skills and confidence, and could also provide advice on specific issues including planning cashflows for sustainability and planning the development of services or products.

How to Apply

Rebuilding Heritage is open to organisations (including voluntary organisations) and to individuals, for example: sole traders/freelancers and those running a limited business. Applicants will be asked to complete a questionnaire to help the Rebuilding Heritage team understand their needs, assess their level of risks and match them to the most appropriate form of support. Places for one-to-one and small-group support will be limited.

Open to all

We are pleased to announce that many of the resources from the Rebuilding Heritage programme will be made public and available to all. You can find information, including sign-up instructions, on the dedicated Rebuilding Heritage website here, which will be updated as the programme develops.

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