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TAP INTO – now we are 3

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Celebrating 3 years of exchanging expertise

tap into phrasal verb

UK (/tæp/ /ˈɪn.tuː/)

  • to manage to use something in a way that brings good results: ‘If only we could tap into all that energy and creativity.’
  • to make a strong or advantageous connection.
“I discovered so many unexpected similarities among other organisations, and also the barriers I had deemed peculiar to my organisation turned out not to be the case.”
- Esther Antohin - Director, Heritage Watch Ethiopia

Esther’s organisation paired with the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda in 2021, thanks to a TAP INTO grant for the INTO Africa education programme. Similar thoughts were echoed by John Orna-Ornstein of the National Trust at our 2022 conference, INTO Dundee.

In his panel address, John commented that it was interesting to note from the great conversations he had enjoyed, that the challenges the delegates thought were unique to their organisations were in fact common to many.

Sharing learning is a key factor in our members success.

Working together

The TAP INTO programme was created to bring together the expertise in the INTO family and enable sharing of knowledge, support and practical know-how. Our members are a fantastic asset to each other and with TAP INTO support, can work together to benefit people, heritage and nature.

We are grateful for the generous support of the Helen Hamlyn Trust in making the TAP INTO programme possible.


Covid crisis support

During the first three years of TAP INTO, 63 grants have enabled National Trusts and heritage organisations from 5 continents to work together on a huge range of projects. From strategic planning to commercial viability, fundraising and volunteering, to community engagement, visitor attraction planning and reinterpretation of colonial legacies, few areas of cultural heritage and nature preservation have gone untouched.

The TAP INTO programme was only just off the ground when in 2020, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic for National Trusts around the world was enormous. We supported our members by providing urgent grants responding to the crisis. From Indonesia and Jordan to Saint Lucia and Slovakia, these grants provided a critical lifeline to struggling heritage trusts to keep them operating.

COVID-19 emergency grantees

  1. Fondo Ambiente Italiano
  2. National Trust of Fiji
  3. Din L’art Helwa
  4. St Christopher National Trust
  5. Petra National Trust
  6. Indonesian Heritage Trust
  7. The National Trust of Slovakia
  8. An Taisce
  9. The National Trust of Korea
  10. Cayman Islands National Trust
  11. Badan Warisan Malaysia
  12. Czech National Trust
  13. Monserrat National Trust
  14. The Siam Society
  15. Saint Lucia National Trust
years of TAP-INTO
in funds made available
grants awarded
countries sharing knowledge
“Your support, both with funding and with your continual example and motivation, has enabled our volunteers to re-open many of the historic sites entrusted to us, and given them courage to welcome the public back.”
- Sinead Owens - Operations Manager, An Taisce

Going from strength to strength

With excellent online connections between members and a return to travel in 2021 and 2022, the programme has gone from strength to strength. 11 grants were awarded in 2022 – 7 as part of RISE, a programme bringing together managers of sites around the Atlantic with a connection to the slave trade.

Bermuda National Trust and Drayton Hall (National Trust for Historic Preservation) shared learning on working with descendent communities, and Dyrham Park in England matched with Headquarters House in Jamaica, collaborating on approaches to interpreting colonial legacies. Both of these partnerships will go forward in 2023, with a deeper understanding of how these Trusts can develop and grow to benefit their communities, places and visitors.

With partner funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the RISE exchanges are a brilliant example of INTO programmes, projects and partnerships working hand in hand.

Watch this space!

A new round of grants will be awarded soon – we can’t wait to see what brilliant exchanges can be supported by TAP INTO.

Read the full report and case studies.

RISE programme participants meeting in an historic interior

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