Integrating Cultural Heritage in Conservation in Soqotra. A project funded by the Cultural Protection Fund. ©

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

About the opportunity

The Cultural Protection Fund is looking to commission, on behalf of the Grantmakers for Cultural Heritage Protection funders network (the GCHeP), a consultant or team to help us test the idea, feasibility and the development of an evaluation framework across multiple international heritage protection funders. The aim is to then pilot and eventually roll out those indicators so that we can measure the impact of the network’s heritage protection activities.

Through active consultation and co-creation with the GCHeP Heritage Funders Network members, the objectives for this commission are:

  • Review a sample of evaluations from across the network and summarise the findings
  • Review approaches to evaluation across the network, both at project and programme level and identify commonalities in what the network is trying to evaluate, what are the gaps and challenges
  • Identify and test with the network some common outcomes and indicators which can be measured across heritage protection projects funded by members of the network 
  • Suggest appropriate evaluation tools for the context, drawing on learning from previous evaluation work and approaches
  • Test those evaluation tools with members of the network


  • Summary of the learning and findings from previous evaluation work undertaken by network members
  • Mapping of different evaluation approaches, successes, challenges and gaps
  • Draft Evaluation Framework with outcomes and indicators for use across the network membership
  • Draft evaluation toolkit to help capture these outcomes and indicators
  • Recorded webinar on the framework and tools for network members
  • A plan, timeline and agreement on the ownership and management of how such evaluation will be collected, collated and shared by the network 
  • Recommendations for any potential next phases of this work for the network

About the Grantmakers for Cultural Heritage Protection network

The GCHeP network is a network of 17 organisations with a global remit to support projects which protect cultural heritage. The network came together informally in New York in 2017 and the Cultural Protection Fund has been a member since 2019. GCHeP meets online monthly and in person annually, although many areas of their work, and often funded projects, overlap so members are in regular contact on an ad hoc basis. 

About the Cultural Protection Fund and What Works

The Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) is led by the British Council in partnership with the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It was launched in 2016 to protect vital cultural heritage at risk in conflict-affected regions. In 2019 the fund expanded its remit to protect cultural heritage at risk because of climate change and related disasters. 

The overarching objective of the fund is to help create sustainable opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage. The CPF awards funding to projects which keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. It also provides opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long term to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage.

This year the Cultural Protection Fund has been awarded a further £21m to continue for three more years until March 2025. Alongside the launch of new open calls starting in 2022, the Cultural Protection Fund will deliver a What Works programme, intended to collect, collate, translate and share evidence of best practice in cultural heritage protection. A What Works approach aims to support better outcomes for cultural heritage protection and local communities by bringing the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision makers across the international heritage protection sector. 

Key timeline and budget

The maximum award for this piece of work is £25k including VAT and the work must be completed by the end of September 2023.

Deadline for clarification questions (where you can ask questions about the opportunity via In-Tend) Friday 28 April 2023
Deadline for the British Council to respond to clarification questions Tuesday 2 May 2023
Deadline for submission of proposals by potential suppliers 23.59 UK time on Tuesday 9 May 2023
Decision made Friday 12 May 2023
Contract concluded with the winning supplier Monday 29 May 2023
Project delivery June to September 2023

How to apply

This page shows a summarised version of the brief. For a full outline of the opportunity, download the Request for Proposals document.

To apply, complete a Supplier Response Form and a Pricing Approach. The Supplier Response form asks you to answer a series of questions, and the pricing approach covers your project budget. Register (if you have not already) for free on our procurement platform In-Tend to ask us any clarification questions, and to submit your application ahead of the deadline. 

Apply on In-Tend by 9 May 2023