About Us

Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is a four year programme led by Arts & Business Scotland with Archaeology Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, greenspace scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland. The programme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst grants to deliver a capacity building programme for heritage organisations across Scotland. Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is the first fully co-ordinated sector specific training and network strengthening programme to provide Scotland’s diverse heritage sector with the vital tools it needs to increase funds from private sources.

The Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst programme, which includes £8.5million of endowment grants and £3.8million to help build fundraising capacity, is designed to help organisations diversify their income streams, attract significantly more funding by increasing their fundraising potential and help them to develop and explore innovative approaches to securing private donations.

Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage aims to:

  • Realise the potential of your heritage organisation
  • Support staff, volunteers & trustees to develop new skills
  • Establish networks for sharing and discussion in your area and across Scotland

Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is open to all staff, volunteers and trustees within the heritage sector in Scotland including:

  • Projects in green spaces and urban environments
  • Historical buildings and environment
  • Archaeology
  • Museums, galleries and other heritage venues
  • Voluntary and community groups working within heritage

The programme provides the opportunity to:

Participate in two training courses

  • ‘Make it Happen’ – An introductory course focussed on fundraising from private sources
  • ‘Planning to progress’ – A development course looking at the right fundraising strategy for your organisation

Attend a series of expert-led events covering, for example

  • Trust & Foundation Fundraising
  • Individual Giving
  • Crowdfunding
  • Endowments
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Major gifts
  • Legacies

Network with other heritage organisations and groups in your area and across Scotland

  • All training courses and events include dedicated time for networking, discussion and experience-sharing
  • Join a peer network forum to learn from similar organisations

About the partners

Arts & Business Scotland

Arts & Business Scotland is dedicated to developing sustainable and dynamic relationships between the public and private sectors for the benefit of the Scottish Creative Community. It delivers sponsorship training and support to the arts, museum and cultural heritage organisations to help build their capacity to develop relationships with, and bring in funding from, the private sector. It delivers board training and development to arts, museums and cultural heritage organisations to build their capacity and it advocates the power of culture and engages in business development in order to grow the corporate marketplace for partnerships in the cultural sector. It has 180 members from the Scottish arts, museums and cultural heritage sectors and over 70 business members.


Archaeology Scotland

Archaeology Scotland is the leading independent charity working to inspire communities, amateurs and professionals discover, explore and enjoy the past. We collaborate with individuals, community groups, young people and archaeologists from all walks of life to explore, conserve, record and celebrate our local and national heritage. We promote involvement and local action through our projects and programmes such as Adopt a Monument which helps groups plan, fund and undertake projects that conserve and promote archaeological sites across Scotland. As around 95% of Scotland’s historic monuments have no statutory protection we campaign for best practice and policy changes to ensure our unique heritage and culture is not lost.


Built Environment Forum Scotland

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) brings together professional and voluntary non-governmental organisations under one umbrella to influence strategic policy relating to the protection, management and enhancement of Scotland’s built environment. Represented within BEFS membership includes the interests of historic environment organisations from large players such as the National Trust for Scotland to small bodies such as the Architectural Heritage Society for Scotland. Through BEFS’ membership networks its reach extends to over 300 voluntary local groups.


greenspace Scotland

greenspace Scotland is a social enterprise and an independent charitable company. It works with over 140 national and local partners to improve the quality of life of people living and working in urban Scotland through the planning, development and sustainable management of parks and greenspaces. Its goal is that everyone living and working in urban Scotland has easy access to quality greenspaces that meet local needs and improve their quality of life. It provides a range of services and projects through two overarching programmes: demonstrating success and supporting delivery, and supports a Scotland-wide network of greenspace partnerships, organisations and groups. Through the network it provides opportunities for sharing knowledge, information and practice to build the capacity of the sector and deliver real improvements to Scotland’s parks and greenspaces.


Museums Galleries Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is the strategic development body for museums and galleries in Scotland. It acts as the representative for Scotland’s museums and galleries, custodians of Scotland’s rich and diverse history and centres of community life and engagement, which offer unique and personal experiences to visitors. It promotes the sector’s work to the Scottish Government, stakeholders and the public and advocates the public value and contribution of museums and galleries to society.


  • “MGS is delighted to be a partner in this exciting project. Developing the museum sector’s fundraising skills is an important element of the National Strategy. Providing museums and galleries with training and access to advice and support will build capacity and help to achieve a sustainable future for the sector.”
    Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland
  • “Our goal is that everybody living and working in urban Scotland has easy access to high-quality greenspace which meets local needs and improves quality of life. We want to give groups the chance to find out about new methods of generating income and to think about fundraising in a strategic way. We are excited about the peer to peer learning and networking the programme will encourage – giving groups and people from across the heritage sector the opportunity to connect and support each other.”

    Julie Proctor, Chief Executive of greenspace scotland
  • “Our aim in developing the programme was to make the training as relevant as possible to the needs of practitioners in Scotland’s heritage sector. Often training courses look relevant on paper, but when it comes to the day the information is quite general. This training will be delivered by trainers with experience of the sector and the material used will be drawn from the sector. Targeted at heritage practitioners, the chances are you’ll meet a few people you know and make new contacts along the way – which will further enhance the learning experience.”
    Jo Robertson, Senior Policy Officer - Historic Environment, Built Environment Forum Scotland
  • “We know from many years of working with groups and small heritage organisations that sourcing the funds and other resources to undertake the necessary work can be very daunting. We are delighted to be part of Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage and share our expertise and experience with a wider heritage audience.”
    Eila Macqueen, Director of Archaeology Scotland
  • “Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage provides a fantastic opportunity for Arts & Business Scotland to work collaboratively with the broad heritage sector across Scotland to deliver a fully tailored and coordinated capacity building programme. We’re looking forward to working with our partners and heritage organisations, large and small, across the country to ensure healthy financial resilience for Scotland’s heritage for future generations.”
    David Watt, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland

Programme Evaluation

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Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage has commissioned Consilium Research & Consultancy to support the evaluation of the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage Programme over the next three years. The research team will work with Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage to develop systems to monitor the take-up and impact of the programme.

As part of the evaluation the research team will engage with a sample of participants across each year of the programme to discuss in more detail the impact of the training and professional development in terms of building the heritage sector’s capacity, skills and confidence to increase fundraising from private sources.

Progress updates and key themes from the research will be updated on this web page and disseminated using the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage Programme twitter account @RScotHeritage.

For further details about the research or to express an interest in discussing your experiences of the Programme activity please contact the research project manager Andy Parkinson on andy@consiliumresearch.co.uk or 07713 357386. Alternatively contact Louise Downing, RSH Project Manager on louise.downing@scotheritage.org