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Grants for African Businesses in England [£5000] | Heritage Compass | Wirkish, 2021

Deadline: June 30th, 2021

Heritage Compass is a Business Support Programme for small and medium sized heritage organisations across England. Cause 4, in partnership with the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) and Creative United has been awarded additional funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to expand the programme from 150 up to 300 organisations across England.

Through this Programme, they aim to create a better connected, informed and resilient heritage landscape across England. By taking part you will gain essential skills in business planning, audience and stakeholder development, leadership and change management.

It is important to note that the focus of the Programme will be on sustainability and long-term solutions for the sector. Whilst organisations experiencing difficulties due to Covid-19 will be eligible to apply, this Programme will not be able to solve short-term problems. If you need more immediate support, take a look at the Rebuilding Heritage Programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


This Programme is for small or medium sized heritage organisations that have an ambition to become more resilient, connected and informed. If you are not sure if you classify as a heritage organisation, take a look at the Heritage Fund website here.

In order to apply you need to:

  • Have a maximum turnover of £1,000,000.
  • Be considered a heritage organisation as defined by the Heritage Fund.
  • Be either a Start-Up; Registered Charity; Charitable Incorporated Organisation; Community Interest Company; Social Enterprise; B Corporation or Not-For-Profit.
  • If your heritage organisation is part of a local authority service or large organisation such as a University you can still apply if the service area turnover has a maximum turnover of £1,000,000.
  • Be based within England. Be at a Manager level or above (can be in a high-level voluntary role i.e. a Trustee).


By the end of the Programme your organisation could have:

  • A developed or re-invigorated Business Plan
  • More effective governance and financial planning
  • A process to manage internal culture change
  • A developed or re-invigorated income generation strategy
  • A developed or re-invigorated audience development plan
  • An understanding of how to use benchmarking to inform decisions
  • An improved network and increased confidence

As part of the Programme, a grant of up to £5,000 will be offered to 50 organisations. This is to help widen access to the Programme as organisations work towards recovery and gain resilience in relation to the effects of Covid-19. If you would like to request funding as part of your application, please check here.

Download this form to prepare your application offline before applying.

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