Jul 2nd 2018

Skills Development Delivery Tender

Rural Proofing Resilience

Rural Proofing Resilience (RPR) is a Heritage Lottery Funded programme that has been designed to encourage and enable the cultural transformation of museums from reliant to independent organisations. The aim of this project is to safeguard the future of rural and coastal museums.

The objectives of the RPR programme are to:

  • Help museums to diversify income streams
  • Support museums to work entrepreneurially
  • Improve the leadership within museums to enhance resilience
  • Promote positive culture change in museums
  • Diversify museum staff and volunteers, and boost capacity
  • Help museums to identify breakthrough solutions, including new systems and processes, to support their resilience and achieve strategic change.

RPR is being delivered in partnership with South West Museum Development across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Dorset. The museums participating in the programme are all located in rural or coastal areas and have no more than 1 FTE employee. The programme runs from May 2018 to April 2022.

As part of this programme we are looking for a supplier/suppliers to develop and deliver all or part of 2 key strands:

  • Train the Trainer skills development
  • Peer workshop skills development

Train the Trainer

Suppliers will develop and deliver 4 full day workshops to grow the skills of key programme partners. These skills will enable partners to support museums to develop opportunities in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Charitable Finance Basics
  • Business Planning
  • Charitable Governance and Leadership

These workshops will ensure that partners have access to a range of up to date tools and resources. These tools and resources will then be available to Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) and South West Museum Development (SWMD) to use within the RPR programme and beyond. All workshops will take place in Exeter.

The workshops will be delivered between November 2018 and April 2019.

Peer Workshops

Suppliers will develop and deliver 16  workshops to grow the skills of museum volunteers and staff. These skills will enable museums to deliver practical and effective fundamental changes within their organisations in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Charitable Finance Basics
  • Business Planning
  • Charitable Governance and Leadership

There will be 1 workshop on each key area delivered to 4 cohorts (i.e. 16 workshops in total). These will be practical workshops led by external experts. The proposed outline for each day:

  • 5hr workshop led by external experts remotely e.g. via Zoom
  • 5hr activity-based workshop led by Programme Manager and Museum Development Officers
  • Time to allow for ideas sharing and peer support element

Quotes for development and delivery will include:

  • 5hr workshop development and delivery
  • Development of high quality up to date resources that can be used by museums and by CMP/SWMD beyond the scope of the RPR programme
  • Development of outline of an activity-based workshop and relevant materials

The workshops will be delivered between November 2018 and March 2020. All workshop development will be sent to Programme Manager 4 weeks prior to workshop date.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for a supplier/ suppliers, you may be a freelancer, consultancy or industry expert. We are looking for someone who has knowledge of the heritage sector and who is able to provide pragmatic expert skills development on one or all of the subject areas outlined above. Experience of delivering training at different levels and an understanding of how to pitch training to a specific audience is essential.


Train the Trainer: for the development of appropriate digital or printed resources and the delivery of full-day workshops in Exeter. To reduce travel costs we would consider running 2 lots of 2 days.  Please note, the quote is not to include venue or catering.

£4,000 for 4 workshops or £1000 per workshop inclusive of VAT.

Peer Workshops: for the development of appropriate digital resources and activity plans, and remote delivery of 16 workshops. Please note, the quote is not to include venue, catering or booking admin.

£2,200 for each subject area inclusive of VAT

Award Criteria

We will base the award of contracts on the following criteria:

  • Understanding of the brief and our audiences 20%
  • Cost 40%
  • Creativity and quality of workshop content and resources 20%
  • Experience of deliverers 20%


Please provide:

  • Quote, including a full breakdown of all costs by Monday the 16th July 2018
  • A short biog of all personnel, including relevant experience
  • An example of digital resource
  • A short narrative on your understanding of the sector and audience.

Any questions and quotes to:

Clare Pennington, Programme Manager, Cornwall Museums Partnership

Email: clare@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk Telephone: 01209 500750

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