Change Text Size: A A A
Lloyds Banking Group Archives

Fundraising for Archives

Fundraising for Archives Fundraising for Archives is fundraising skills development and training project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Catalyst programme. The National Archives (TNA) received a grant of £477,000 and aims to reach 188 archive services across the UK. 

TNA are working in partnership with the Scottish Council on Archives, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Museums Archives and Libraries Division Wales (MALD), and the Archives and Records Association (ARA).

The project will run from early 2016 until December 2017 and is designed to offer mentoring and support to trainees and encourage the development of a supportive learning network between group members. Each round of training will run for a six month period during which time we will expect to see support from senior archive or organisational managers to ensure that this level of resource commitment is supported by the archive service.

What will the programme deliver?

Training sessions throughout the UK


Online resources including a diagnostic toolkit

Online communities and forums

Case studies


You can download and read the full course outlines and aims by clicking here.

What topics will the training cover?

Financial preparedness

Advocacy and building a case for support

First steps in developing a fundraising plan

Capital campaigns

Running fundraising events

Individual giving: crowd-sourcing, legacies and relationship management

Measuring outcomes and commissioning

How to take part

What we are offering you is first and foremost a skills development programme. Our vision is to transform fundraising in the archive sector, thereby helping to make the sector sustainable and resilient in the current economic and political environment.

Our trainers will work with you on diagnosing your level of needs and will design a programme to suit you. The trainers will ensure that their materials and delivery is flexible enough to be tailored appropriately for you and your services, and throughout the programme you will be given mentoring and support.

We are planning to run four groups in England, Scotland and Wales from January to June 2016 and welcome expression of interest for each group. We will repeat the programme in 2017.

Training delivery methods

There are 12 training places in each group. Each group member will have an initial diagnosis of needs followed by training in four core subjects:

  • Preparing for Fundraising
  • Measuring Outcomes, Benchmarking and Evaluation
  • Developing a Fundraising Strategy
  • Advocacy and Writing a Case for Support

You will also be able to choose two individual training sessions from the following six further topics which will be delivered in 1:1 sessions by our Fundraising for Archives trainers. These are:

  • Friends Groups and Volunteers
  • Managing Stakeholders
  • Legacies and Major Gifts
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Bid Writing
  • Crowdfunding

Timescales for application

Deadline for receiving Expressions of Interest for the 2016 rounds is Tuesday 8 December 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 14 December 2015.

Timescales for 2016 programme

During January 2016 trainees will meet with our Fundraising for Archives trainers to complete the fundraising diagnostic toolkit and training contract prior to starting the training.

Training in the four core modules will be delivered in February, March, April and May 2016, in England Scotland and Wales.

Training in the individual options will be delivered in June and July 2016.

Expected level of commitment

  • Authorisation to participate in the training from a senior archive service or organisational manager.
  • Attendance at each of the four core training sessions.
  • Selection of and participation in the two optional individual training sessions.
  • Continued independent learning by completing all assignments set by the Fundraising for Archives trainers.
  • Regular meetings with our Fundraising for Archives trainers (either virtually or in person) to discuss progress and to receive additional support with practical implementation of fundraising techniques.
  • Participation in the Fundraising for Archives learning community (either virtually or in person).

How to submit your Expression of Interest

Further information and an application form can be found on the TNA website: To submit your expression of interest please complete and return an application form to by midnight 8 December 2015.