The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

INTO Incubator

The Incubator is an immersive learning experience that supports heritage organisations seeking to make strategic change

Growing new trusts

The Incubator programme takes inspiration from the successful National Trust model and asks how this can be adapted for international contexts.

Course content covers key areas from increasing membership to recruiting passionate volunteers. Above all, participants gain valuable insight into the pillars of growing a successful trust.

In a series of intensive workshops, discussion and strategic planning, together we discuss how to take parts of a successful operating model and adapt it for your own context.

Our 2024 INTO Islands Incubator

In May 2024, we are hosting an INTO Incubator in south west England. We’ll be focusing on the way that National Trusts care for natural heritage, balancing the needs of visitation, member experience and conservation for biodiversity. Our particular focus will be on coastal environments, from sand dunes and coast path maintenance to member benefits and remote islands.

Applications have now closed. Future opportunities will be posted on this page, so please check back or subscribe to our newsletter.


For the INTO Incubator are we looking for delegates that are:

  • In a senior role in their organisation, responsible for managing natural heritage
  • Interested in learning about the National Trust model and its potential for adaptation
  • Ready to consider implementation of strategic change
  • Interested in engaging with a global network sharing heritage best practice
I will take so many experiences back home to Barbados that will enhance the operations of the Barbados National Trust, including how to engage visitors and members.
- Denise Sandiford, Operations Manager, BNT

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from the programme?

As programme details are released, these will be shared on this page.

The INTO Islands Incubator 2024 will introduce delegates to best practice on site management at a range of sites on the coast of England.

Delegates should expect to be outside and spend much of the day on the move, under their own power. If you would like to take part but have considerations about your access needs, please get in touch to discuss this with us directly.

When will the next INTO Incubator take place?

The INTO Islands Incubator will take place between 13-18 May 2024, in south west England.

How many people may attend the programme?

As we are limited for places, we can only accept a maximum of one person from each organisation onto the programme.

Do I need to be an INTO member to apply?

For the 2024 INTO Islands Incubator, you must be a full member organisation to take part.

What is the cost?

For those selected to take part in the 2024 Incubator, all costs in the UK will be met by INTO. Participating organisations will typically need to cover the costs of getting to and from SW England.

Partial support for travel costs may be available via a TAP INTO grant, which are available with a separate application.

What is the time commitment?

Delegates will need to spend a week in the UK, as well as attending two build up sessions over Zoom.

How will participants be selected?

We will prioritise according to the criteria laid out above.

What is the timeline for selection of delegates?

After 1 January 2024, we will review applications and select the 10 best. You can expect to hear from us before the end of January with a decision.

What happens afterwards?

Graduates from the INTO Incubator programme are given the opportunity to access expertise and knowledge sharing via INTO, in order to further their ambitions.

Many incubator attendees have gone on to become vibrant members of the INTO family.

I still have a question, how can I find out more?

Please get in touch via your usual contact at INTO, or via our general inbox at

Previous Incubators

In 2020 and 2021, we ran the Incubator digitally with four days of interactive online programming. You can find the 2021 programme in the resources section below.

In 2023, our first in-person Incubator was hosted by the National Trust (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), who welcomed leaders from four Caribbean National Trusts.


The Incubator is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Helen Hamlyn Trust and the 1772 Foundation.

Helen Hamlyn Trust Logo

1772 Foundation Logo

I found the workshop very inspiring and useful in going back to basics on where we are as a Trust and the opportunities to go forward. I am glad to have been able to connect with colleagues abroad and have useful discussions in sharing our pain points and common anxieties and how to address them.
- Clare Montado, Director of Gibraltar Heritage Trust

Incubator resources

Islands Incubator 2023

Our 2023 Incubator was delivered in-person with visits to numerous National Trust sites in England and discussions with many different colleagues. Read the programme here.

From Start Up to Sustainability

Read our handbook for heritage trusts, full of inspiration for how your organisations might learn from the INTO network.

The 2021 Incubator programme

Our Incubator was delivered digitally. Read the programme here.

Subscribe to the INTO newsletter

A monthly update with opportunities, INTO news and updates from our global network.

Subscribe now
INTO members meeting in Italy

Want to learn more?

INTO membership offers you access to a wealth of expertise and experience from our network. Join the INTO family to become part of the global national trust movement.