- Fundraising strategy
- Funding programmes
- Private giving
- Generating income
- Current funding opportunities
- Cataloguing Grants Programme
Current funding opportunities
This section is designed to highlight newly announced funding opportunities, upcoming closing dates for grants programmes and news related to fundraising. Archives services are strongly advised to look at the section on Developing a Fundraising Strategy before considering whether to apply for any of the sources listed below.
Heritage Lottery Fund £10 million funding for anniversaries
The money will be invested to ensure that those moments which form a central part of our national history are commemorated and understood.
Events such as the Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympic and Paralympics Games showed how events can bring the people of the UK together. This new funding reflects the fact there is enormous enthusiasm to provide more opportunities to foster the sense of community spirit and national pride that such events can inspire. It will help to highlight important historical dates that will resonate with people and communities right across the UK.
The funding will be provided to ensure that projects of all sizes can apply for support from smaller grants of a few thousand pounds up to grants over £2 million.
More information is on HLF website
Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War small grants programme
An additional fund of £6million is available to enable young people working in their communities to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War.
The programme will run over six years from 2013 and forms part of the Government's Centenary programme. You can find out more on the HLF website.
Heritage Lottery Fund general programmes
Please check the HLF website for details of the final application dates in your area under the current programmes below:
- Sharing Heritage (£3k to £10k)
- Our Heritage (£3k to £100k)
- Heritage Grants (over £100k)
- Young Roots (£3k to £50k)
Find more information about projects which recently received lottery grants.
For information about programmes from 2013-2018 see the Heritage Lottery Fund Strategic Framework.
Encouraging legacy giving
Find out more about the Legacy10 campaign aiming to increase the number of people leaving money to charitable causes in their will.
Collecting Cultures (deadline 2 May 2014)
An investment of £5 million which aims to make a real difference in helping the UK's museums, libraries and archives develop their collections. The initiative is intended to:
support the development of collections and their use through strategic acquisition programmes, related research and public programmes
enhance the professional knowledge and skills of staff working in museums, libraries and archivesuse strategic collecting programmes to support the funded museums, libraries and archives to increase resilience as an organisation
Digital R & D Fund for the Arts
Ongoing programme with applications accepted until 30 December 2013
The £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a partnership between the Arts Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta. This is open to organisations in England, running an arts project in England.
One of the themes of the fund is 'Data and archives', making archives, collections and other data more widely available to other arts organisations and the general public.
Programme information is available on a dedicated website, Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.
Capital Funding Call for Digital Transformations in Community research Co-Production in the Arts and Humanities
A grant opportunity from the AHRC offering an opportunity for local communities to work with researchers to explore new research opportunities with a key focus of creating new projects leading to a new, or significantly enhanced, research-based asset of enduring value for communities and for future research.