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About Heritage Compass

About Heritage Compass

In 2020 Cause4 launched Heritage Compass - a brand-new Business Support Programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Working with our consortium partners Creative United and the Arts Marketing Association this new programme has been designed to grow resilience and invigorate the heritage sector across England.

Thanks to additional funding from the Heritage Fund, we are delighted to be able to open up participation in the programme to more heritage organisations.

Applications are open from 26 September to 2 December 2022.

Heritage Compass is supporting the sector to develop essential skills in business planning, audience development, leadership and change management, with the aim of creating a better connected, informed and resilient heritage landscape across England. 


Participating organisations will benefit from a range of training, mentoring and peer learning, through which each organisation will develop a clear business plan, a developed income strategy and the tools and knowledge to respond to their specific needs and challenges. The 12-month project is free to take part in and there are a number of access grants are available to ensure that all organisations are able to engage fully. 


Who can apply?

In order to apply you need to: 

  • Have a maximum turnover of £1,000,000. 
  • Be considered a heritage organisation as defined by the Heritage Fund.
  • Be either a Start-Up; Registered Charity; Charitable Incorporated Organisation; Community Interest Company; Social Enterprise; B Corporation or Not-For-Profit. If your heritage organisation is part of a local authority service or large organisation such as a University you can still apply if the service area turnover has a maximum turnover of £1,000,000.
  • Be based within England. 
  • Be at a Manager level or above (can be in a high-level voluntary role i.e. a Trustee).


If you're interested in starting a conversation with the Heritage Compass team, get in touch heritage.compass@cause4.co.uk



But what's it like to actually take part in Heritage Compass?


Take a look below at what some of our participants had to say, and thanks to Miranda, Margaret, Sallyanne, Priti and Sam! 


We have a wonderful and diverse mix of organisations taking part so far and we are always looking for more organisations to join us.  

Interested in being part of Heritage Compass? Get in touch at heritage.compass@cause4.co.uk