English Heritage is the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment. In the past we received around three-quarters of our funding from Government in the form of Grant in Aid (GIA) but this was cut in the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review. By the end of the four-year Spending Review period in 2014/15 we will be receiving around two-thirds of our income from GIA and generating the rest ourselves from membership, our properties and from fundraising.
Income - Grant in Aid
In 2010/11 English Heritage received around three-quarters of its income, £129.9 million, from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the form of Grant in Aid. Our Funding Agreement with Government provides the context and framework for our work and sets out our key activities for the money we receive.
English Heritage currently generates just over a quarter of its income through commercial activities and fundraising. The majority comes from admissions to English Heritage properties, from retail and catering and from membership. In 2010/11 total self-generated income was £54.8 million.
The English Heritage Foundation
The English Heritage Foundation (registered charity no. 1140351) raises funds for English Heritage. All donations and bequests made to the Foundation go directly to support and enhance the national collection of historic sites in English Heritage's care.