Useful Links

Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage partners have useful information about fundraising on their websites:

You can view all of the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage video case studies on our YouTube Channel:

Other useful links include:

OSCR – Guide to being a Charity in Scotland

Gift Aid

Information on how to claim Gift Aid on your donations

Philanthropy Impact

Think about fundraising from the donors point of view

Companies House

A free online tool to search all of the digital data held on the UK register of companies

The Heritage Index

An online tool to help you to understand the heritage assets and activities in your area

Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe

A report providing evidence for the value of cultural heritage across Europe.

UK Fundraising

News and ideas on fundraising in the UK

Inspiring Impact

Tools and resources to help you to measure your impact.

NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit

Advice and support for community organisations including ‘how-to’ guides on impact.

Business Survival Toolkit

Practical tools to assist cultural and heritage organisations to become more financially sustainable.

AmbITion Scotland

The AmbITion Scotland website includes resources on digital fundraising.


A comprehensive collection of fundraising content from around the world, including resources, articles and case studies.


Information on third sector funding for SCVO members.

Institute of Fundraising

General information on fundraising.

Trustees and Fundraising – A Practical Guide:

Proud to be a fundraiser toolkit:

Code of Fundraising Practice

Princes Regeneration Trust

Information on making a business case for historic building projects and guides to good governance are available on this site


Building Resource, Investment and Community Knowledge is an education programme designed by the Princes Regeneration Trust to build skills and expertise for community groups looking to start or develop a heritage regeneration project.

Giving to Heritage

Information on The Heritage Alliance’s partnership with the Institute of Fundraising


Gimme, Gimme, Gimme! – A Guide to fundraising for small organisations

Funds for Historic Buildings

A comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert for a new use any historic building in the United Kingdom.

Parish Resources

A series of funding guides are available on this website which focus on delivering a successful capital campaign – the emphasis is on church capital campaigns but the tools and resources are useful for all types of campaigns.

Funding Scotland

Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise with this FREE online search facility provided by SCVO.

Grants & Funding Schemes

Below are links to specific funding schemes and online funding directories

Heritage Lottery Fund

HLF is the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland provides a number of grant and funding schemes to support bodies and individuals in the protection, education and promotion of the historic environment.

Scottish Natural Heritage

SNH grants focus on projects that get more people and communities actively involved in and caring for Scotland’s nature and landscapes.

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS)

MGS provides funding and investment to support museums.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

The AHF provide grants and loans to support the rescue and restoration of historic buildings.

The Heritage Alliance Funding Directory

The Directory is a free, easy to use guide to potential sources of support, financial and otherwise, for anyone seeking to undertake projects related to the heritage of the United Kingdom.

Your National Lottery – Good Causes

Here you can search for the right National Lottery funding programme for your project or activity.

Arts & Business Scotland – Culture and Business Scotland Fund

Grants to encourage new business sponsorship of the arts, including Heritage,  within Scotland.

For advice on applying for grants please see:

Association of Charitable Foundations

There are a number of sources of information for researching grant-­‐making trusts and foundations, many of which involve a subscription charge such as GRANTFinder or Trustfunding

Online Fundraising Platforms

There are many online platforms which can be used for mobile fundraising and crowdfunding purposes, here are a few examples.

The Big Give

Provides a secure platform for donors to search for and contribute to charities and charitable projects from all sectors.


Originally set up to support the arts sector, this online donations platform now supports charities in all sectors.


A crowdfunding platform designed specifically for archaeology and heritage organisations.

Other Crowdfunding sites include:



Bloom VC


Other charity fundraising sites include:

Just Giving

Virgin Money Giving

For further information and to find the right online platform for your organisation, see

Nesta’s CrowdingIn site

Where do you start with Crowdfunding?

Find out more with this presentation by Kirsty Burnham

 How might you use social media as part of your fundraising or crowdfunding campaign?  Thunderclap is one tool you could use: