Fundraising for Archives

We have just released our 2017 training programme open to everybody in the archive sector, find out more and sign up here.

What is Fundraising for Archives?

Heritage Lottery Fund logoFundraising for Archives (FfA) is a development programme for archives, aimed at equipping the sector with fundraising skills, transforming income generation by services, and helping to tackle the financial conditions we are all facing. We are providing practical training, mentoring and online resources.

FfA has received a £477,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst programme and is running from February 2016 until December 2017. We are working in partnership with the Archives and Records Association (ARA), the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA), the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh government (MALD) and the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), aiming to reach as many people across the UK as possible.

How does it work?

We are offering training to archive professionals in two different formats. Archives can either join a cohort group and participate in a six-month training programme, or you can sign up for individual ‘open call’ events. We have also published online resources (available below) and you can join our online community on LinkedIn.

Cohort training programme 2017

We are currently delivering our second cohort training programme from January to June 2017, which 40 archive services across England, Scotland and Wales are participating in.

Open call training programme

Discover our 2017 programme of open call training and sign up for your place here.

If you are not a member of our cohort programme you can still attend training sessions offered by Fundraising for Archives. We are holding 1-day workshops on a range of the core and additional modules listed below. You can choose which modules, and how many sessions, you would like to attend. Unlike the cohort programme, there is no application process to participate in open call training; you simply need to register for a place on the course(s) of your choice.

What training topics do we offer?

Core modules

Additional modules

How do these modules all fit together? Check out our infographic (PDF, 0.29MB)

Online resources

We have published three online toolkits available for you to download.

Financial Planning toolkit

A foundation to embarking on fundraising, this toolkit enables you to assess your financial position, explore your alternative options and how to put your plans into action.

Building Networks & Supporters toolkit

People are the key to your fundraising success. This resource will guide you in identifying and influencing the networks which matter, raising the profile of your service and unlocking the advice and resources which supporters can offer you.

Measuring Outcomes toolkit

This toolkit provides guidance on how to create an outcomes framework to measure and evidence the impact your service makes. It will also help you use this framework to advocate continued or new support from stakeholders.

How can I find out more?

If you would like more information on Fundraising for Archives please don’t hesitate to contact the team via email at fundraisingforarchives@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.ukFfA Logo

Join our LinkedIn group to share fundraising experiences and ideas with colleagues in the sector.

Statement on use of data provided to Fundraising for Archives programme (PDF, 0.14MB)