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National Capacity Building Programme

We offer funding under this programme for activities and projects which are national in coverage and which promote the understanding, management and conservation of the historic environment.

Our support for building and maintaining sector capacity is focused on the sustainable management and development of the historic environment.

We aim to ensure that those eligible activities and projects for which there is a lack of alternative sources of funding are our highest priorities for support.

Targets for support

Our grant priorities include activities and projects which strengthen the ability of the sector to reduce or avoid risk to the historic environment by understanding, managing and conserving.

For this programme we have three specific targets for support. Activities and projects must help to reduce or avoid risk to the historic environment through at least one of the following:

  • National-level projects and activities which champion, support and enable third-sector organisations and voluntary groups to reduce heritage at risk and sustainably manage heritage assets by engaging more effectively in the historic environment;
  • Support for statutory consultees to provide advice to local authorities to achieve the sustainable management of change in the historic environment;
  • Funding towards projects which enable national third-sector organisations to reduce their reliance on public funding and to increase their effectiveness in their work with the historic environment.

If your activity or project is local/regional in scope, please look at our regional capacity building grants programme.

How to apply

The 2018-2020 programme opened for applications on 25 September 2017. Funding will begin from 1 April 2018, for projects that run for a maximum of 2 years.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is midnight on 5 November 2017, in order for us to give funding decisions by mid-December 2017. For an application form and guidance notes please email

If you would like to discuss a potential grant project for funding before you submit an application please contact Beki Burns, National Historic Places Support Officer, on 01904 601935 or email

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