23 June 2014back

Unique programme to inspire fundraising from private sources to be launched in Edinburgh

A three year programme aimed at helping Scotland’s heritage sector develop long-term financial security is being launched in Edinburgh. Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage (RSH), a sector-wide partnership led by Arts & Business Scotland with Archaeology Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, greenspace Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst scheme and will deliver a programme of accessible training courses, inspirational expert led events, networking opportunities and information and resources online.

This is the first time organisations from across the heritage sector have come together to deliver a coordinated programme of support and capacity building.

The partnership was awarded a grant of £452,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce the capacity building programme. Speaking ahead of its launch, Colin McLean, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “It is fantastic to be at the point of launching Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage and see it being rolled out across the sector. The Heritage Lottery Fund believes this is a hugely worthwhile project and one we hope will inject sustainability and longevity into the heritage sector. We wish Arts & Business Scotland and their partners every success with the programme.”     

RSH is the first initiative of its kind, and is open to all staff, volunteers and trustees within the heritage sector including: projects in green spaces and urban environments; historical buildings and environment; archaeology; museums, galleries and other heritage venues; and voluntary and community groups working within heritage.  The programme aims to: assist heritage organisations to realise their potential; support staff and volunteers to develop new skills; establish networks for sharing and discussion; and develop the sustainability of heritage across Scotland.

David Watt, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland said: “It is extremely rewarding to see a vision coming to fruition and that is exactly what we are celebrating with the launch of Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage. We are confident the three-year programme will prove invaluable to the sector by providing a coordinated approach to capacity building and encourage financial resilience for many years to come.”

David Watt added: “It has been an exciting time since the partnership was awarded heritage lottery funding to create the programme and thanks to the work of all of the partners we are now ready to deliver tailored training across Scotland.” 

Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is being launched at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh on Tuesday 24th June. The launch will mark the start of the programme, announcing details of dates and locations for the initial round of training as well as unveiling the RSH brand and website.

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Arts & Business says …

“It is extremely rewarding to see a vision coming to fruition and that is exactly what we are celebrating with the launch of Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage."

David Watt, Chief Executive