The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Capacity Building for the National Trust Ideal: A grant from the Helen Hamlyn Trust

AnnouncementsINTO Projects October 4, 2022

The Trustees of INTO are delighted to announce a new grant from the Helen Hamlyn Trust for £399,500 over the next three years. 

This generous support builds on previous funding from the Helen Hamlyn Trust, which came to an end in June this year.  And we are very proud of the transformation that has taken place at INTO and with our global family, enabled by this grant.

Over the past three years, we have grown our staff capacity, hiring an energetic and passionate Deputy Secretary-General and further positions, funded outside of the grant.  We have engaged and built better relationships with National Trusts and the wider heritage community around the world through the TAP-INTO programme of expertise sharing, as well as leveraging additional external funding for project activity.

INTO has been able to establish three new National Trusts and has supported the growth of nine candidate National Trusts.  We have improved the effectiveness of our advocacy and campaigns, and grown brand recognition, through such initiatives as the INTO Places scheme.

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of INTO, said “This renewed support from the Helen Hamlyn Trust will accelerate our capacity building of the National Trust model internationally, re-energising momentum as we emerge from the pandemic. We remain deeply grateful to Lady Hamlyn for her personal championing of our organisation and work, and the Helen Hamlyn Trust for their ongoing confidence and support.”

With the new grant our priorities remain as important as ever: nurturing the enlarged family of organisations that form our INTO network; facilitating a growing global movement for heritage, beauty, and nature; articulating through our collective voice the importance of the work we do for the citizens of the world; and building a strong, vibrant, and sustainable organisation.

Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General of INTO, said “The past three years have been transformational for INTO, and this new grant builds on that progress. We will support further growth of the National Trust movement, including the development of six candidate organisations and growing new Trusts through our Incubator. We will introduce a new Heritage Leadership programme creating over 30 trained global heritage leaders; and increase our advocacy and communications to highlight the importance of safeguarding global heritage. This funding will also enable 50 TAP-INTO grants for existing National Trusts to build their capacity and knowledge.  We thank the Helen Hamlyn Trust for their generous support and look forward to working with them again.”



Some of the INTO programmes supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust