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Heritage Trade Up Programme

A fully funded learning support programme for leaders of heritage organisations in the UK to promote and support a stronger heritage sector.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and the National Heritage Lottery Fund have joined together to create the new Heritage Trade Up Programme.

The fully funded programme will offer eight months of capacity building support for a broad range of heritage sector organisations from across the UK. Participants will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to develop enterprise models and deepen social and/or environmental impact.

The programme is designed for people who are leading a heritage organisation or trading project. They should have responsibility for the trading activity and be able to shape it and make strategic decisions.

Heritage in this case refers to the narratives, traditions, objects, spaces and places that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present, and handed down to future generations. Heritage sector organisations are those whose primary purpose it is to protect, preserve, or promote these traditions, practices, and spaces.

The 2021/22 programme will support 52 organisations based and working in the UK with:

  • Free learning online programme made up of 8 learning days, 4 half day Action Learning Sets, and 4 webinars spread between October 2021 and June 2022.
  • A £10,000 Match Trading grant which will support the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A network of peers, a community of like-minded people, who meet regularly to discuss and develop their plans and work through their challenges.

Applications will be accepted from organisations which are set up as not-for-profit organisations or return the majority of their profits for social purposes.

There is particular interest in geographic representation applications from:

  • Majority-led or working primarily with people of colour and from minoritised ethnic backgrounds.
  • Majority-led or working primarily with disabled people.
  • Majority-led or working primarily with LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Based in areas with high levels of deprivation (IMD decile 1-3).

Commenting on the new programme, Anne Young, director of strategy and Innovation at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“Through our support of the School for Social Entrepreneurs’ development programme, we aim to ensure that organisations who work with our all-important heritage across the UK are able to unlock their entrepreneurial potential. By supporting leadership and developing income generation skills, these organisations will be more prepared to face any future challenges that might come their way”.

The deadline for applications is 9 April 2021 (13:00).

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