There is a wealth of resources available to community groups no matter what the project. You can find on this page many relevant links for information, contacts, funding and training opportunities.
These will be constantly updated as new opportunities appear. If there are any resources you think should be featured on this page, please let us know.
It is also important to remember that you are not alone. Search the interactive map (LINK: to map search) to discover similar projects across the country, and draw from each other’s vast and varied experiences.
Architectural Heritage Fund
The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity to promote the conservation of historic buildings in the UK. It does this by providing advice, information and financial assistance in the form of grants and low interest working capital loans for projects undertaken by building preservation trust and other charities throughout the UK.
Canal and River’s Trust
England’s waterways network can be found here (LINK: http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers) as well as advice, and opportunities to get involved.
Churches Conservation Trust
Specifically designed to help with issues concerning historical churches, and can provide training and guidance.
We at Civic Voice can provide advice, information and training on many heritage related issues. For specific help, just drop us an email via the contact page.
If your group is embarking on a commemorative plaques scheme then there is not better resource than here.
Council for British Archaeology
The Council for British Archaeology can provide information, training and funding for community archaeology based projects. Even if your group is not solely interested in archaeology, if this is something you wish to explore or get support on the CBA can provide the support you need. The Training Online Resource Centre allows you to search for courses, contacts, events and fieldwork.
English Heritage not only sponsor great projects such as Protect our Place, but are one of the main sources of information and guidance on any heritage issues. No matter what project you are embarking on, the English Heritage (LINK: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/) website can help point you in the right direction. If it is specifically funding that you are interested in, the relevant information can be found here.
Funds For Historic Buildings
The Funds for Historic Buildings website is a comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert for a new use any historic building in the United Kingdom which is listed, scheduled or in a conservation area and of acknowledged historic merit. It includes details of virtually all substantive funding sources which specialise in historic buildings, as well as many which provide funding for historic building projects within a wider remit.
The Heritage Alliance is a valuable resource for any community group involved in heritage. They can provide guidance and information on many issues. Their Heritage Funding Directory is a comprehensive guide to sources of financial support (and more) for anyone seeking to undertake creative projects connected with the UK’s heritage.
Heritage Help brings together resources from across the heritage sector. It is a free informaiton service aimed at all working with their local heritage.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.
Heritage Skills Hub
Although based in the East Midlands, the Heritage Skills Hub is a resource that can be relied upon to provide quality training and guidance concerning heritage craft skills.
Researching Community Heritage
Would you like to find out more about the stories of the place where you live, the community you belong to, the people around you? The Researching Community Heritage team at the University of Sheffield can help. We have expertise in a wide range of subjects, including oral history, archaeology and archival research. We also have experience of working with local groups to develop enjoyable shared projects.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings can provide guidance and training for buildings conservation.
War Memorials Trust
War Memorials Trust is an independent registered charity which works to protect and conserve war memorials across the UK. It provides free advisory and advocacy services, financial assistance for repair and conservation through grant schemes which are open to all and is a key referral point for all issues regarding war memorials. The Trust promotes an understanding of the historical and cultural significance of war memorials, including a Learning Programme for young people, to ensure they are cherished and preserved for future generations.