The National Lottery Heritage Fund - National Lottery Grants for Heritage

The Heritage Fund wants to encourage community and voluntary organisations to consider developing their own heritage projects as exploring heritage also provides opportunities to unlock wider benefits for the individuals and communities they work with, particularly as we look for ways to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

With this in mind the Heritage fund is currently prioritising heritage projects that meet at least one or more of the following outcomes: 

  • a wider range of people will be involved in heritage (This is a mandatory outcome. Every project funded must achieve the mandatory outcome as a minimum.)

  • people will have greater wellbeing

  • people will have developed skills

  • the local area will be a better place to live, work or visit

  • the local economy will be boosted

  • the funded organisation will be more resilient

National Lottery Grants for Heritage is their open programme for all types of heritage projects in the UK and awards range from £3k - £5 Million. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations.

Organisations can access advice and support from the Heritage Fund’s Engagement Team in the North dependant on the level of funding they wish to apply for.

For small grants of between £3k - £10k book onto a ‘Helping you apply’ webinar here.

These free online sessions will include the following:

  • How heritage can be used to transform places and change lives.

  • What a well-planned project looks like.

  • How to write a strong funding application to The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • The opportunity to share your project ideas and ask any questions you may have.

For medium grants of between £10k - £250k submit a Project Enquiry via the application portal. You will be contacted within 10 days by an Engagement Manager who can offer bespoke advice and guidance. This does not form part of the formal application process.

For large grants of between £250k - £5m you must submit an Expression of Interest via the application portal.  This is a compulsory competitive step, so make sure your project is well thought through, evidences need and demand, particularly from a wider range of people and meets one or more of our priority outcomes.

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