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14 June 2013

The National Archives, in partnership with the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, Scottish Council on Archives, the Archives and Records Association and the Institute of Fundraising, has received initial support for an £18,000 development funding bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Catalyst umbrella programme. This is a strategic HLF programme for umbrella bodies to build fundraising capacity in heritage organisations.

The National Archives and partners are now undertaking a second stage bid under this programme to run a project between 2014 and 2017. This will support archives to increase the funding they receive from private sources, such as individual and corporate donations and trusts and foundations.

Funding capacity in archives

To embed fundraising as a core activity within the archives sector requires a cultural shift and access to resources and training. The project will use training and a series of pilot projects to help archives to build a strategic approach to fundraising, and raise awareness and understanding of the funding sources available to them. It will help to create the skills needed within the archives workforce to employ a range of techniques to improve fundraising and income generation.

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