Heritage charities can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to pursue “experimental and creative” work under a new scheme.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has opened the Heritage Innovation Fund, which will focus on helping charities find new ways to diversify their workforces and develop opportunities for volunteers.
Charities can apply to the pilot phase of the programme, which will fund organisations to start developing potential solutions to social issues over the next six months.
This will be followed by testing and then implementing those which are proven to work.
The grant will come alongside expert advice and collaboration with other heritage charities.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund declined to say how much the Innovation Fund would give out in total.
Helen Goulden, chief executive of the Young Foundation, which is partnering the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver the programme, said: “The time is ripe to make progress on some of the stubborn and persistent workforce challenges [and] ensure the heritage workforce is fully fit for the future.”
She said: “We know that the heritage sector can innovate, and the pandemic has shown us just how swiftly radical change can happen.”
Alexandra Roberts, head of innovation and new business at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said the pilot was “an important part of our wider commitment to working alongside practitioners from across the UK and all parts of heritage to explore the ideas, solutions and technologies that could effectively support heritage in the future”.
Applications to the first phase of the fund close on 27 September.
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