Fundraising for Archives

If you are looking to grow the funding for your archive service then you can find training and support from Fundraising for Archives. You do not need to be a qualified archivist to participate; you might be a volunteer at an archive or a member of an archive Friends group. All of our training is fully funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, so it is free for you to access all of the support we provide.

What support do we provide?

Bespoke Mentoring Sessions

As part of the project- extension phase of the Fundrasing for Archives programme, we are pleased to be offering over-the-phone mentoring sessions, with remote access to our learning consultants, to:

  • Discuss your ongoing fundraising needs and offer guidance tailored to your archive service
  • Aid progression from theory to practice
  • Learn about your fundraising success stories or barriers you have encountered, and consider further steps which can be taken to reach your fundraising goals

Knowledge sharing and Collaboration Day, 27 March 2018

Fundraising for Archives invites you to join us at The National Archives in celebrating the successful conclusion of the programme at a Knowledge sharing and Collaboration Day.

The day will include talks from guest speakers about their fundraising experiences, opportunities to network and share your own ideas with colleagues from across the sector, a chance to let us know what further fundraising support you would find useful and a marketplace featuring a fundraising surgery and resource bank from the programme.


Although our programme of one- day training sessions has now come to an end, we have developed online courses to enable you to undertake fundraising training wherever you are in the UK. Video tutorials and step-by-step guidance will introduce you to the topic and guide you through online activities, which enable you to put what you are learning into practice and tailor it to your archive service. Find out what is training is available and how to get started.

New modules are currently in development and will be available soon.


We have also 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.

What fundraising topics have we covered?

As part of the Fundraising for Archives programme, we have built training packages on the following topics. We will be releasing training materials from these courses shortly, to enable you to make use of them with staff and friends of your archive service.

The building blocks to fundraising

Fundraising activities

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

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

Fundraising for Archives has received a £477,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst programme and is running from February 2016 until March 2018. 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.