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10 January 2014

The National Archives has received a grant of nearly half a million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to improve fundraising knowledge and skills in the archives sector.

The grant was awarded under HLF's Catalyst Umbrella initiative, and received 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.

The National Archives and partners will use the grant to run a three-year capacity building and training programme, Giving Value: Fundraising Capacity for the Archive Sector, to help archives to improve fundraising knowledge and skills. The previous funding the archives sector research project identified a range of skills gaps and development needs within the sector in achieving sustainable services and attracting external fundraising. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the sector can begin to address these issues.

The programme will focus on ten key areas:

  • financial preparedness: planning, efficiency and resilience
  • first steps in developing a fundraising strategy
  • building a case for support
  • developing advocates and in-kind support
  • capital campaigns
  • running fundraising events
  • individual giving: legacy
  • individual giving: crowd-sourcing
  • individual giving: relationship management and major gifts
  • measuring outcomes and commissioning 

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