National Lottery Heritage Fund – Steps to Sustainability

As heritage organisations across the UK come under increasing pressure and financial constraints, the aim of the Steps to Sustainability programme is to provide a pathway of support for small to medium-sized UK heritage organisations to enable them to turn a new income generating business idea into reality.

Programme participants receive:

  • A 15-month package of support to develop their income generating idea.
  • Access to funding of up to £10,000.

Applications will be accepted from small to medium-sized heritage organisations based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and those who want to attend a Scottish Gaelic language delivered programme who:

  • Have an income-generating idea that is not yet fully formed.
  • Need the resources and support the programme offers to pursue their idea.
  • Will release up to two people from their organisation, ideally a trustee and a staff member or volunteer to attend the full programme.

Eligible organisations include:

  • Charities.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Local authorities.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs).
  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs).
  • Limited companies.

Large development bodies or large funding organisations are not eligible. There are no limitations on what ideas programme participants may develop. Examples could include:

  • Creating or improving a retail/café offer.
  • Developing an outside space.
  • Redeveloping a disused space.
  • Offering facilities for events.
  • Linking with external organisations to provide a service.

The Round 2 deadline for applications is 23 July 2021. For more information see

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