East Ayrshire CVO presentation 11.09.13


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Presentation on HLF funding and programmes by Anna Moore at the East Ayrshire Council for Voluntary Organisations

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  • 4 lottery funders BIG, sportscotland, Creative Scotland & HLF. Wholly lottery funded Edinburgh office for Scotland – 17 members of staff & development team of 3, who advise anyone interested in applying to HLF and work with organisations from all over scotland to get in strong applications. Thanks to strong lottery sales and the funding for the olympics going back into the pot the UK budget is at an all-time high, with £400million to distribute this year. grants from £3k - £20million (and counting – largest so far has been to the Riverside museum in Glasgow) for all types of heritage projects 16 programmes – will outline later in presentation, but hopefully means there will be one for the project you have in mind!
  • UNESCO world heritage definition Anything from the past that you want to share and sustain for the future. HLF doesn’t define heritage – it’s up to you to show us.
  • Start with what most people will think about first when they think about heritage – buildings. We can help listed buildings improve their access to the public local communities engage with their archaeology Encourage research and conservation of scheduled ancient monuments Also: THI programme (£500k - £2m) for grants to help communities regenerate conservation areas Grants for Places of Worship (in partnership with Historic Scotland) max grant is £250k to make churches etc wind and watertight Examples of our support for built heritage: Restoration and interpretation of the Historic Building, Alloway Auld Kirk made famous in Burns’ Tam o’Shanter – South Ayrshire Council (£136,000) Bronze Age settlement on Unst , the Northern tip of Shetland - archaeology at risk from coastal erosion, excavation of three longhouse sites - SCAPE trust, St Andrews Uni (£483,500) The restoration of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh - City of Edinburgh Council (£1.6m)
  • HLF can also help support projects that focus on Scotland’s natural heritage Including Biodiversity projects: Restoring habitats so they can better support species that have been identified as ‘at risk’ (identified in Local and UK Biodiversity Action Plans) Creating footpaths Learning conservation and monitoring skills Etc Many of these we would expect to see come through our general programmes, but also: Parks for People programme (grants between £100,000 and £5m) – supporting conservation and maintenance of well designed public parks – repairing and restoring designed landscapes, repairing and restoring of built features, repairing boundaries, improving access Landscape Partnership – large complex schemes based on dominant landscape feature such as Solway Firth or Tweed Rivers – delivery of range of projects that will help to conserve the landscape Examples of the sorts of natural heritage projects that we fund: Stac Pollaidh: Mountain Access project which improved access, conservation and interpretation of the area - Footpath Trust Support for species and habitats: Perthshire Big Trees project, a tree management and conservation project by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust ‘ Parks for People’ programme – Tollcross Park in the east end of Glasgow which was restored through this scheme – assists with regeneration (Glasgow City Council, Parks and Recreation Department)
  • Heritage not just about objects or habitats, we also value the UK’s varied and interesting cultural heritage as well.
  • Refurbishment of museums – improved conditions for the collection and better interpretation, improved facilities to make the collection more accessible Cataloguing, digitisation, conservation – more accessible historical material in library collections conserving them, digitisation – make accessible
  • Launched new Strategic Framework in summer of 2012, can download from our website. Framework rather than plan – flexibility to respond as needed Approach: not just what a project will do, what difference it will make - to heritage, people (as individuals), and communities > outcomes Have launched ALL programmes now Keeping all existing programmes (updated and improved e.g. shorter decision times, and higher grants available) some new programmes new opportunities for funding – responding to changing funding environment, significant national events, and developments in the sector more straightforward application process for smaller grants
  • £400m budget for UK Scotland budget (grants up to £2m for open programmes) approx. £15m for 2013/14 Government has restored the 20% share to HLF from lottery money that is spent on “good causes”, the impact of the Olympics reaching completion, and the outstanding performance of the lottery ticket sales to date. Clearly, this is very welcome at a time when there is so much pressure on public finances. Lottery funding cannot take the place of public funding – nor should it – but it can make an important contribution to improve the condition and access to our heritage.
  • Our new strategic framework (more on that later) is less prescriptive about what we don’t fund. We will look for there to be a heritage focus and generally replicas or recreations aren’t very competitive as they don’t have as much of a heritage focus. Similarly overseas travel (to and/or from the UK) isn’t going to be able to deliver very good value for money and so is less likely to be funded. And we won’t fund projects that promote the cause or beliefs of political and faith organisations. *but can fund private organisations and individuals in some of our smaller programmes, if they demonstrate a step-change in their access to the public.
  • Have different requirements and weighted outcomes for different programmes so make sure you read the guidance. Key is quality not quantity!
  • New small grants programme- developed after success of AOS Aimed at community groups and small community heritage projects Short simple form PEOPLE will have learnt about heritage
  • Start-up- new community groups taking responsibility for heritage assets for the first time. Funding to create business plan and legal documents, to allow groups to create a strategy for managing their heritage. (Could then apply for funding for heritage focussed project) Catalyst small- this programme has come out of HLF’s desire to help the sector become more sustainable. This programme is for organisations who want to build their capacity for raising funds from the private sector; through things like the creation of friends schemes or legacy donations and by developing skills around this within the sector. Deadline 16 th Aug First World War Centenary- focussing on helping young people to understand the impact of WW1 in their local area- Running through until 2019 Celebrate- this programme is being run with all 4 lottery distributers. Want to help communities celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and help people learn about the games and the commonwealth countries. Grants start from £500
  • Also transition funding- for heritage organisations that want to achieve a significant strategic change in order to become more resilient. We MUST have funded them before.
  • Grants of £15,500 and £19,900 – making discoveries, adding to our knowledge of the landscapes and communities around us, involving volunteers with help from professional archaeologists
  • Grant of £50,000 to fit out museum with display cases and etc for their singer sewing machine and fine art collection.- allowing them to meet Government Indemnity requirement so then can loan important collections. Series of talks, events and childrens activities.
  • Only programme of its kind in the UK, encouraging young people to engage with heritage. £10,000 - £50,000 (slight change) Often the most creative projects, and all projects have to be led by young people (with young people rather than to) Not just heritage – can help them to develop key skills and change their attitudes or behaviour, particularly around heritage. Also encourage them to work with the local community to share their heritage Key aspect is a partnership between a youth organisation and a heritage organisation, building on strengths of both to make a strong project with lasting benefits. One of the key focuses in the office so always happy to help, or chat about it. As per OH – 8 week assessment, 100%.
  • Place of worship/ listed/ urgent repairs 2 round process- as with HG- will discuss later 15% for new costs- could be improvements to access/ kitchen/ toilets Outcomes- HERITAGE in better condition and more PEOPLE and a wider range of people will have learnt about the heritage
  • 95% & 90% Quarterly deadlines
  • Grant of under £1m B listed building- Museum dates from 1934 To re-do dated displays and to introduce a full learning programme. Learning post included in grant. Opened last week.
  • PfP: grants up to £5m for historic parks and cemeteries – easily accessed and well used green spaces in our communities – often neglected/ fall into decline – restore key features such as bandstands, railings, pavilions, original planting and design LP: grants up to £3m to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character examples in Scotland are Tweed River, Isle of Bute, Argyll (Dalriada), more recently Scapa Flow in Orkney, Clyde and Avon valley. Projects improving various heritage assets in area that are important to the landscape character e.g. natural heritage assets, built structures/ archaeology, cultural heritage, involving people, developing skills. Led by wide ranging partnership TH: grants up to £2m to improve built historic environment of conservation areas in need of investment in villages, towns or cities. Regenerate economically disadvantaged historic areas for the benefit of local residents, workers and visitors. This can include repair and re-use of vacant buildings, reinstate original architectural features on buildings e.g. shopfronts, improve public realm (footpaths, street furniture) HE: grants up to £5m to support the conservation and adaptation of an individual historic building or coherent group of buildings for an end use which actively contributes to sustainable development in areas experiencing economic disadvantage. Help to create more resilient model for the heritage with less dependency on public sector support. The key and common factor in all projects will be plans for a sustainable end use, most likely involving the generation of a commercial income. Focus of investment will be in areas of economic disadvantage, building/s should be of heritage value to the local community, private sector organisations will only be eligible as minority partners in a partnership led by not-for-profit org.
  • Project enquiry not part of formal application process – not assessed as such – just getting advice – response in approximately 10 working days First round application with request for development funding – see handout for information required Development phase – develop project proposal in more detail and prepare second round application Second round application – see handout for information required Delivery phase/ development phase
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  • East Ayrshire CVO presentation 11.09.13

    1. 1. Who we are • One of four lottery funders in Scotland • Support heritage projects – all sizes and types • Funding projects that make a lasting difference to heritage and people • Fund a variety of heritage through 16 different programmes
    2. 2. What is heritage? Historic buildings and sites Natural heritage (e.g. historic parks, biodiversity etc) Museums, archives and collections Industrial, transport & maritime heritage ‘Intangible’ heritage (e.g. oral history, language and dialect, place names, cultural traditions etc) “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations.” UNESCO
    3. 3. Built heritage • Historic buildings • Archaeological sites • Historic cemeteries • Bridges • Monuments • Churches • Harbours • Townscapes etc
    4. 4. Natural Heritage • Woodland and forests • Mountains • Coasts and rivers • Bogs and wetlands • Species and habitats • Historic parks and gardens
    5. 5. Cultural heritage For example: Oral/ spoken history (people’s memories) History of language and dialects Place names Cultural traditions (festivals, stories, crafts) Heritage skills History of traditional music and dance Histories of people, communities, places and events
    6. 6. Museums, archives and collections • Museums • Archives and records • Libraries (special collections) • Old photographs
    7. 7. Industrial heritage • Industries (e.g. mining, fishing, agriculture) • Maritime • Transport – railways etc
    8. 8. A lasting difference for heritage and people Strategic Framework 2013 – 2018
    9. 9. Funding Good news HLF will award £400m this year to projects across the UK - more than twice as much as we expected in 2008 But challenging economic conditions and continued pressure on public sector finances
    10. 10. What do we fund? • Is there a heritage focus? • Is it a project? – cannot fund core costs • We give priority to not-for-profit organisations* • Ownership requirements for land, objects or buildings • Funding from £3,000 upwards!
    11. 11. Grant Programmes
    12. 12. A lasting difference Heritage People Communities Better managed In better condition Better interpreted and explained Identified and/or recorded Developed skills Learnt about heritage Changed their attitudes or behaviour Had an enjoyable experience Volunteered time Environmental impacts will be reduced More people will have engaged with heritage Organisations will be more resilient Local economies will be boosted Local communities will be a better place to live In assessing projects we will look at the benefits it will bring to the heritage, people and communities. We call these ‘outcomes’.
    13. 13. Grant Programmes Sharing Heritage • Celebrating community heritage • Grants from £3,000 - £10,000 • Not-for-profit groups • 8 week assessment • No application deadline • Projects have to meet minimum of one outcome for people
    14. 14. Grant Programmes Other programmes up to £10,000 • Start-up grants • Catalyst Small grants • First World War: now and then • Celebrate
    15. 15. Grant Programmes Our Heritage • Replaces Your Heritage programme • All types of heritage project • Grants from £10,000 - £100,000 • 8 week assessment • No application deadlines • Prioritise not-for profit groups but can also fund private individuals and organisations* • Projects have to meet minimum of one outcome for heritage and one outcome for people
    16. 16. Archaeology in High Morlaggan and Wester Ross
    17. 17. Clydebank Museum
    18. 18. Grant Programmes Young Roots • For projects led by Young People aged 11 – 25 • Relaunched Feb 13 • Grants from £10,000 - £50,000 • 8 week assessment • No application deadlines • Encourages partnerships between Youth and Heritage Organisations • Emphasis on developing young people’s skills and engaging with heritage
    19. 19. Our Grant Programmes Grants for Places of Worship • Grants from £10,000 - £250,000 • 2 round process • Run with Historic Scotland • High-level, urgent repairs • Scope extended to provide facilities to make buildings sustainable (up to 15% of total cost) • Projects will need to meet minimum of one outcome for heritage and one outcome for communities
    20. 20. Our Grant Programmes Heritage Grants • Grants from £100,000 + • Two round process • Scotland committee makes decision for requests up to £2million • Regular deadlines • Can apply for development funding • For not-for-profit organisations and partnerships lead by not-for-profit organisations • Projects have to meet minimum of one outcome for heritage, one outcome for people and one outcome for communities (up to £2million)
    21. 21. Black Watch Museum
    22. 22. Our Grant Programmes Other programmes £100,000 + • Parks for People • Townscape Heritage • Landscape Partnerships • Heritage Enterprise
    23. 23. Project enquiry First round application Development phase Second round application Delivery phase Application process
    24. 24. What we will assess • Value for money - overall benefits of the project in relation to the grant request And how your application shows that the project: • Has a clear heritage focus • Meets our outcomes for heritage, people and communities • Is an appropriate response to a need or opportunity • Is financially realistic and has a clear need for lottery funding • Is well planned and managed • Will be delivered by an organisation capable of completing the project
    25. 25. Common pitfalls in projects The project has no heritage focus Project has already started Project delivers what could be considered ‘everyday work’ of an organisation Project is too ambitious for the organisation High costs of maintaining the heritage/benefits after project completion Not enough partnership funding No activities to engage people/communities
    26. 26. How can we help? • Project Enquiry advice – online form • Monthly advice surgeries in Edinburgh • Find us at Funding Fairs and Events (info on website) • Ebulletin • Website www.hlf.org.uk : • Application materials • Guidance documents • Case studies – examples of projects we’ve funded • Resources (model of good practice etc) • Mentor support
    27. 27. Questions?
    28. 28. Contact us Anna Moore, Development Officer Heritage Lottery Fund 38 Thistle Street Edinburgh EH2 1EN 0131 240 1583 annam@hlf.org.uk