Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage is now open to applications

WCVA is inviting heritage organisations in Wales to apply for dedicated development support from our Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage project.

We have funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to work with 29 heritage organisations from across Wales, providing them with free, in depth and dedicated coaching to help their organisation to develop one or more of the following areas of organisational management: governance, fundraising, marketing and social media, business planning, impact measurement and reporting and project management.


To be eligible for support from Catalyst Cymru, organisations must:

  • Have charitable purposes. Eligible organisations include unincorporated associations, community groups, registered charities, CIOs, CICs, Community Benefit Societies) Non-charitable organisations may apply in conjunction with a charitable organisation. For example, a partnership between an Unincorporated Association and a local authority who are supporting the UA to establish a charity to manage a heritage site would be eligible. Local authorities will not be accepted alone. NB: CICs must be limited by guarantee to be eligible.
  • Have a minimum of three trustees or directors in line with best practice and Charity Commission requirements.
  • Heritage must feature in your charitable purposes, either explicitly or implicitly. Simply working out of a listed building, for example, does not meet these criteria – the organisation would need to be weaving the heritage of the building into their day-to-day activities.
  • Any museums applying to the project must either be accredited, or known to CyMAAL (Museums, Archives, Arts and Libraries Wales) as working towards accreditation

WCVA are keen to work together with the coaches and participants on the Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage project to support as many heritage organisations as possible. We are therefore asking that recipients of coaching commit to providing two days of peer mentoring support to other heritage organisations. Through the Catalyst Cymru: Resilient Heritage project, WCVA will provide training to peer mentor volunteers and match them to an organisation who would benefit from this support. This will take place during year two (2020-2021) of the project.


To register your interest in participating and to be sent an application pack and form, please contact Alison Pritchard, Catalyst Manager, on 02920 435 763 or at apritchard(at)



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