Heritage Compass is a Business Support Programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered by Cause4 in partnership with the Arts Marketing Association and Creative United. This programme has been designed to grow resilience and invigorate the heritage sector across England. Begun in 2020, it is intended that over two years the project will work with 300 small or medium-sized heritage organisations from across the country.
Participating organisations will benefit from a range of training, mentoring, and peer learning, through which each organisation will develop a clear business plan, a developed income strategy, and the tools and knowledge to respond to their specific needs and challenges. The programme is free to participate in and as part of the programme, a third of all applicants will be offered access grants of up to £5,000. The grant is primarily aimed at organisations with a turnover of less than £250k and with fewer than five staff, so ideal for many industrial heritage attractions.
A number of industrial heritage sites have already benefitted from the first round of support, including Crossness Engines Trust (above). Applications for organisations wishing to take part in the second round of support events are now open, with a closing date of 30th June. Follow the link here to apply for this second round of business support: Heritage Compass | Cause4