Grant Awards in 2022
Steps to Sustainability is a new National Lottery Heritage Fund programme delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy. It aims to address the challenge of building a sustainable and resilient heritage sector, especially in the aftermath of the Covid19 pandemic.
Through participation in Steps to Sustainability a pathway of support is provided to encourage heritage organisations to increase their business awareness, be ambitious, look ahead and deliver exciting new projects.
The WMT project is centred on an often-overlooked facet of the multi-sided Mansion – the ecology of the resident bats. We are looking to improve the bat observation facilities, based around the state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, and widen access to these fascinating creatures.
The Steps to Sustainability programme has given us a broad-based business expertise course, delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy. This has been attended by one of our trustees and our operations manager. It provides ongoing expert and peer group support, skills sessions, other resources and toolkits, and we have gained a £10,000 grant from the NHLF to help us develop our bat experience at the Mansion.
We are delighted to have received the grant and have found the programme valuable. It is clearly applicable across our activity base, so the benefit will last into the future. We have received the first tranche of funding and are looking to complete the project mid-2022.
To learn more about the Mansion bats, click here.