Heritage Compass Legacy

Heritage Compass Symposium 2023

The Heritage Compass programme works to support the sector in developing essential skills in business planning, audience development, leadership and change management, with the aim of creating a better connected, informed and resilient heritage landscape across England.

Whilst the core Heritage Compass programme has come to an end, as part of Heritage Compass Legacy, we are continuing to support the sector through a range of targeted activities.

Access to Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Training

As part of Heritage Compass Legacy, we want to empower the fundraising efforts of the heritage sector by providing free access to our programme of virtual fundraising training. We offer a broad selection of courses for fundraisers at all stages, covering everything from the broad essentials to specialised areas like legacy gifts and corporate partnerships.

The training is tailored for arts, culture and heritage organisations, led by sector professionals who understand the unique challenges facing our sector.

This exclusive offer removes financial barriers and empowers you to develop a skilled fundraising team. Build confidence, ambition, and resilience in your fundraising efforts and expand your knowledge into new areas.

Find a training course to suit you Contact us to secure your free place

Heritage Compass Strategy Support Programme

From May to August 2024, we are welcoming 10 organisations to join us through a series of workshops, developing their skills and supporting them to create their own Business Plan or Fundraising Strategy. We are offering two areas of support:

  • Fundraising Strategy: support with the development of a fundraising strategy, including organisational analysis; benchmarking; recommendations for messaging and resourcing plus a light-touch fundraising plan.
  • Business Planning: support with the development of a business plan, including background and context review; SWOT analysis and benchmarking, plus a review of existing KPIs and support with setting new ones across your team.

We’re excited to announce that the 10 organisations selected for this Strategy Support Programme are:

  • Colne Valley Regional Park
  • Fashion and Textile Museum
  • Invisible Palace
  • Salford Community Leisure
  • Wimbledon Windmill Museum
  • Babylon Arts
  • Crossness Engines Trust
  • The Centre for Indian Classical Dance
  • Qube
  • Station South

We can’t wait to work with these organisations and watch them flourish!

Heritage Compass Networks Funding

We are offering core financial support to Heritage groups or networks, led by participating organisations on the Heritage Compass programme. Our funding will contribute to the development of new training events, conferences, seminars or meetings, with the aim of strengthening skills and building robust partnerships across the heritage sector, ultimately establishing a legacy for Heritage Compass.

We were overwhelmed by the incredible applications we received, all showcasing a diverse range of ideas and tackling crucial fundraising topics within the heritage sector. We’re proud to be supporting a real range of networks and groups – both established and new! – in this application round.

Congratulations to:

  • New Writing South – Queering The Pitch Network
  • ARK – Cliftonville’s Cultural Space – Everyone’s Heritage
  • Sporting Heritage CIC – Sporting Heritage
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums – North East Family Arts Network
  • London Dreamtime – Space for Storytelling
  • Charles Causley Trust – Cornwall Cultural Partnership
  • Newcastle Cathedral – The Power of Purpose: Heritage for Good
  • The Institute of Conservation (Icon) – Industrial Heritage Conservation and Care of Collections Network
  • Nottingham News Centre CIC – Nottingham News Centre (NNC)
  • Wimbledon in Sporting History – The Greatest Story in Sports – Merton
  • Liverpool City Council – Heritage Preservation and Development Advisory Group

Thank you to all who applied. We look forward to witnessing the impact of these funded events and activities across the heritage sector!