Skills for the Future

Grants from £100,000 to £750,000
The Skills for the Future programme helps organisations deliver paid training placements to meet skills shortages in the heritage sector and to help diversify the workforce. This programme is now closed for applications.
Credit: English Heritage

The Skills for the Future programme is focused on creating paid, high quality opportunities for new entrants to the heritage sector, and helping to sustain the heritage sector in the longer term.  

We will give priority to projects which set ambitious and credible targets for the recruitment of trainees, with the aim of broadening the demographic profile of the heritage workforce.

More about this grant programme

Applications go through a two-round process. This is so you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether you're likely to receive a grant. Then you can send us your detailed proposals. At the first round you can also ask for funding to develop your project.

If you've got a question about applying, or delivering your project, join our Online Community to get friendly advice from grantees who've already been there and done it themselves.

You can also read a range of evaluation reports that measured the impact of our previous Skills for the Future programmes on the research and evaluation section of the website.

Pre-application workshops

​During June and July 2016 we held eight Skills for the Future workshops across the UK. The presentation and feedback from these workshops can be found in our Online Community.

When you need to apply

We must receive your first-round application and all supporting documents by 12 noon on:

  • 13 October 2016 for a decision in February 2017

Second-round applications and supporting documents must be received within six months of the first-round decision.

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