Help with Funding Applications

Over the past 20 years we have assisted clients to attain funding from many diverse programmes, helping over 80 projects secure over £210 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) alone; this support has included drafting application forms, business plan development, creating audience development and activity plans and project management. 

In addition to our extensive experience supporting clients and projects throughout the HLF application process, Jura Consultants also has experience working for HLF, providing expert advice on the quality and viability of projects seeking funding, as part of the HLF's Register of Support Services. This often includes undertaking reviews of business plans and activity plans submitted as part of funding applications, as well as mentoring and monitoring project through various stages of development and implementation. This provides the practice with invaluable insight to assist its clients in developing projects.



National Galleries of Scotland

Jura Consultants worked with Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) during the development period of the Portrait of the Nation project. Portrait of the Nation was a £20 million transformation of the SNPG, developing a new vision for the gallery in the 21st Century.

The project had three main aims:

  • To restore and reveal much more of the building than ever before
  • To show many more works of art and introduce a new, regularly changing display programme
  • To create first-class education and visitor services

Jura Consultants assisted the development process by facilitating a programme of public consultation, hosting a number of staff planning workshops, and preparing the audience development plan and business plan. This research helped to identify and shape the proposed content in the new galleries, as well as highlighting the most effective approach to engaging with audiences. Documents produced by Jura Consultants were used to support a successful application to the HLF for £4.5 million.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopened in 2011, welcoming over 2,000 visitors on its first day.

Sutton’s Hospital in the Charterhouse

The Charterhouse is an ancient charity founded in 1611 located in the beautiful setting of a former Carthusian monastery within the City of London.

The Revealing the Charterhouse Project was designed to:

  • Provide greatly increased public access, enjoyment and understanding to/of the Charterhouse site
  • Provide access to the collections owned by the Charterhouse and relevant collections owned by the Museum of London
  • Tell the story of the site since the middle ages, right up to the present
  • Establish a museum exhibition onsite curated by the Museum of London. Additionally, more of the building will be opened to visitors through new guided tours and a learning programme

Jura Consultants was commissioned to work with the project steering group and a range of partners and consultants to develop both the Round 1 and Round 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This included a detailed visitor market appraisal, an on-street survey targeting potential users, review of interpretation
and activity plans, development of the business case, and coordination of the Round 1 and Round 2 applications.

The Revealing the Charterhouse project received a grant award £1.5 million in March 2013 and opened to the public for the first time in its history in 2017.