Heritage grants

Funding crafts, skillsets and studies that keep our heritage alive

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Funding crafts, skillsets and studies that keep our heritage alive
Benefact Trust’s Heritage Grants Programme is helping to build and protect sustainable skills to care for the UK and Ireland’s historic environment. 
 
Heritage partners have been selected to benefit from this closed grants programme. It is not open for applications, although funding for ecclesiastical heritage projects may be available through our other grants streams. See the who we help page for more information.
 
Funding through the Heritage Grant's Programme has enabled The Prince’s Foundation and the Strata Florida Trust to open an archaeological field school at the former Cistercian Abbey site of Strata Florida in Wales. 
 
The field school, which opened for the first time in summer 2019, will run again in 2022 and 2023.
 
Another grant of £300,000 to The Prince’s Foundation will help to establish a heritage training programme across Ireland to preserve traditional skills.
 
A Benefact Trust grant of £471,000 over three years has also enabled Historic England (HE) to create new Historic Environment Advice Assistant (HEAA) heritage apprenticeships. These apprentices are being trained and supported in researching and providing advice on a vast range of heritage assets.
 
A grant of £114,000 to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is funding a number of craft scholars and apprentices. 
 
A grant of £12,000 has also been awarded to the Heritage Crafts Association’s Endangered Craft Fund, which gives small grants to support the development of individual craftspeople. 
 
Benefact Trust chairman, Tim Carroll, said: “As a Trust, we are passionate about protecting the UK and Ireland’s rich history. Our heritage grants programme invests in future generations so that all can continue to enjoy our great past.”