Digital Skills for Heritage

Aims/priorities: The Digital Skills for Heritage programme is provided with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Digital Skills for Heritage initiative was launched by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in February 2020 as an ambitious two-year initiative designed to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector.

This funding round is making £1 million available to support three different funding pots:

  • Q&A Fund: Answering the sector’s top digital questions. This is for organisations across the UK that can research and answer the heritage sector’s 100 most pressing and frequently asked digital questions. Answers will take a variety of engaging forms, including ‘how to’ videos and short online courses.
  • Taking Digital Forward Fund: Digital innovation and enterprise. This offers funding to not-for-profit organisations/partnerships to provide free of charge digital skills development support to small heritage organisations as they emerge from the lockdown period and are beginning to rebuild and rethink their organisations and practice in line with a changed and increasingly digital future.
  • Connected Heritage Fund: Building collaborative communities. This funding is intended for organisations or partnerships in England that can act as enablers of collaborative digital practice. They will seek to increase resilience, promote innovation and attract digital volunteers within communities of practice. These communities of practice will relate to themes proposed by applicants. Together, they will promote the development of digital skills and collaboration across the sector.

Who can apply? Not-for-profit organisations working in the heritage sector.

Grant amount: Up to a maximum of:

  • Q&A Fund: £250,00 
  • Taking Digital Forward Fund: £250,000
  • Connected Heritage Fund: £120,000

Application process: All relevant documents can be found on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website. There is a two-stage application process:

  • The first stage is to fill in the Project Enquiry Form.
  • Those who are successful at stage one will be invited to complete a full application.

Deadline: All three pots have the same deadlines

  • Stage one Project Enquiry Forms must be submitted by 13 November 2020, 12 noon.
  • Full applications must be submitted by 15 January 2021.

Contact information: Customer Services Team Tel 020 7591 6044, Email

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Unpublish Date: 
Friday, 13 November, 2020