Monthly Archives: June 2021

Funding Opportunity: Steps to Sustainability Round 2

applications are now open for Steps to Sustainability Round 2 and would be grateful if you could share this fantastic opportunity round your networks. Full details in the attached brochure.

About the programme

This programme, starting in September 2021, will provide a pathway for a further 30 heritage organisations across the UK to be ambitious, forward thinking and deliver exciting new projects. Each participant must have a business idea which they will have the opportunity to develop throughout the duration of the programme and present for 2-stage funding up to a maximum of £10,000 at the end of the delivery period.

Quick programme overview:

  • 8 day programme of activities over 6 months to help you prepare for, and build sustainability, including masterclass, webinar, networking and good practice sessions
  • 9 month development period to embed your learning, including access to coaching / business mentoring
  • Funding of up to £10,000 to help shape the success of the business idea
  • Resources and toolkits for success
  • A network of peers and sector leaders from across the UK
  • Each cohort is taken on a supported journey of development over the entire programme. Each cohort will work together and have the chance to mix more widely at connect sessions, webinars and masterclasses.
  • Joining fee £50 per person, per organisation

Please see the website for full programme outline, dates, eligibility and how to apply.

Who is this for?

Staff, volunteers and trustees of small to medium heritage organisations across the UK who can commit to taking part in one of the 6 programmes.

A presentation and Q & A session is being held on Zoom on 25th June 2021, 2pm-3pm – RSVP to

Round 1 learners reflection on their experience

‘A really valuable way to invest time for the future of your organisation’

‘All aspects of the programme have been useful, it has been very beneficial to gain insight into other projects which has made us think about our community involvement and engagement much more’

“The programme has been brilliant and wonderful to do with a colleague”

Also attached in this email is a promotional pack with resources that may be helpful.

Invitation to take part in UCL Master level research study on the “Failure of the Green Deal and Green Homes Grant schemes”

A post-graduate student of MSc Programme in Sustainable Urbanism at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning is currently conducting a comparative policy evaluation of the Green Deal and Green Homes Grant schemes as part of her final dissertation. She is seeking organisations representing industries or sectors affected by the schemes and their failure to take part in short (30mins) semi-structured interviews conducted remotely via zoom. 

The main research objective is to critically evaluate the Green Deal and Green Homes Grant to determine which factors caused the two schemes to be unsuccessful in reaching their objectives and to be stopped prematurely. Alongside the interviews the research consists of media discourse analysis and literature review on energy efficiency schemes and policy failure in the UK and internationally. 

If you wish to take part in this study please contact Karolina Krzystek-De Ranter at, ​​​for more information see the Interview Participant Information Sheet, Participant Consent Form, and an indicative list of Interview Questions.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings – Online Training Coordinator – Online/remote working placement opportunities

Historic England are working with partners, Shropshire Council and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, to bring Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, home of the world’s first iron framed building back in to use for a third century. As part of the project we are offering a programme of work placements across various aspects of the project. At the moment, due to Covid-19, these placements are taking place online.

Online Training Coordinator – Online/remote working placement opportunities

We are offering two work placements to help us develop online training materials that will introduce non-specialist audiences to the site and its conservation.  Participants will have the opportunity to be part of Historic England’s flagship project, working with the Flaxmill Maltings Project Team as well as our Sector Resilience and Skills Department, whose aim is to build capacity in the heritage sector.

We are looking for applicants who have great communication and IT skills and an interest in both heritage and learning and development. If that sounds like you, these placements will be a great opportunity to gain experience on a major conservation-led regeneration project.

The work placements will be full-time, Monday to Friday, for 2 weeks from 28 June to 9 July. As these placements will take place online, participants will need to have access to a reliable internet/wi-fi connection. A bursary will be paid to the successful candidates.

How to apply

Please read the work placement specification for further information about what is involved and what skills and interests you will need to take part. If you are interested in applying you should complete the application form and send it to by 10am on Wednesday 16 June.

Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 June (online).