View to St Mary Magdalene's Church in Lincoln.
St Mary Magdalene's Church on Bailgate and Exchequergate, Lincoln, from the south-west. © Historic England DP110495.
St Mary Magdalene's Church on Bailgate and Exchequergate, Lincoln, from the south-west. © Historic England DP110495.

National Capacity Building Programme

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We know this is a challenging and unprecedented time and our priority in the coming months is to ensure that we continue to support all who work in the heritage sector.

Information for existing grant recipients

The National Capacity Building (NCB) Programme forms part of Historic England’s funding for activities and projects which are national in coverage (for example, cover more than one region or area in England) and that strengthen the ability of the sector to reduce or avoid risk to the historic environment.

We focus our support on work which promotes the conservation, understanding and sustainable management and development of the historic environment.

We aim to ensure that those eligible activities and projects for which there is a lack of alternative sources of funding are our highest priorities for support.

Targets for support

  • National-level projects and activities that champion, support and enable third-sector organisations and voluntary groups, to reduce heritage at risk and sustainably manage heritage assets by engaging more effectively in the historic environment;
  • Support for statutory consultees to provide advice to local authorities to achieve the sustainable management of change in the historic environment;
  • Projects which enable national third-sector organisations to reduce their reliance on public funding and to increase their effectiveness in their work with the historic environment.

Application to this fund is currently closed.

Historic England is currently reviewing how it makes funding decisions for capacity building and its other areas of grant support, in the light of a better understanding of the long-term impact of COVID-19 and the needs of the sector. It is anticipated that a call under a revised capacity building programme will take place in late 2021/22 for funding to begin in the next financial year.

If you are an existing grantee under the National Capacity Building programme and would like to discuss the future of your grant-funded project, please contact Theresa Dowdeswell on the details below.

If you would like to discuss a potential grant project for future funding from 2021/22 onwards, please contact:

Theresa Dowdeswell, Project Officer (Capacity Building Grants), on 07979 110045 or email [email protected]


Katy Gregory, Project Co-ordinator, on 07425 635765 or email [email protected]

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