The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s 2020 Digital Attitudes and Skills for Heritage (DASH) survey and report identified an appetite to develop digital skills across the sector, as well as the opportunity for organisations to benefit from 'at distance’ volunteers.

It found that the sector is calling out for digital innovation to help it move into a more resilient, creative future, and identified an opportunity to create new forms of volunteering to support this.

The £1m National Lottery funding announced on 20th July 2021 through The Heritage Fund's Digital Skills for Heritage initiative is in response to this. Heritage organisations and partnerships of all sizes across the UK can apply.

CEO of The Heritage Fund, Ros Kerslake said: “Digital volunteering can help open doors for all involved, keeping more of us connected to heritage. Organisations will benefit from the time and support of volunteers, and volunteers will be able to share and develop their skills while supporting the heritage they love. It’s a win-win situation for everyone and we are delighted to launch this fund, thanks to National Lottery players.”

Creating these new opportunities will allow organisations to embed digital volunteering models which they can replicate and reuse in future. It will also provide methods and digital volunteering practices which can be shared with organisations across the sector looking to follow the same approach.

For more information of the digital volunteering funding, including details on eligibility and how to apply, read here

Project Enquiry Forms must be submitted by 12 noon on 16 August and full applications by 27 September.