National Lottery Grants for Heritage

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Grants are available for projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

There are three levels of funding:

  • Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for projects of up to one year. Suitable for not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage.
  • Grants of between £10,000 and £250,000.
    • Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are suitable for not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage and partnership.
    • Grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 are suitable for not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.
  • Grants of between £250,000 and £5 million for projects with development phase of up to two years and delivery phase of up to five years. Suitable for not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.

Applications can be made at any time for grants of up to £100,000. There are quarterly deadlines for applications for grants exceeding £100,000.

To apply and for further information, please visit https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/national-lottery-grant-heritage.


Key Criteria

Applications will be considered from:

  • Non-profits and partnerships led by non-profit organisations for grants of £3,000 to £5 million.
  • Private owners of heritage for grants of up to £100,000.
  • Partnerships led by commercial organisations (for the purposes of achieving economic growth) for grants of £250,000 to £5 million.

The following are some examples of the types of organisations that can be funded under this programme:

  • Charities, trusts and charitable incorporated organisations
  • Community and voluntary groups
  • Community/parish councils
  • Community interest companies
  • Faith based or church organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Other public sector organisations
  • Private owners of heritage (for example, individuals and commercial organisations).

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Heritage can mean different things to different people and it can be anything from the past that is valued and should be passed on to future generations.

This could include, for example:

  • Oral history. People’s memories and experiences.
  • Cultural traditions, such as stories, festvals, crafts, music and dance.
  • Nature, for example, habitats, species, and geology.
  • Natural and designed landscapes, such as parks and gardens.
  • Community archaeology.
  • Historic buildings, monuments, and environments.
  • Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives.
  • Histories of people and communities or places and events.
  • The heritage of languages and dialects.
  • Places and objects linked to the UK’s industrial, maritime and transport history.

The funding can be used for the following project costs:

  • Repair and conservation.
  • Digital outputs.
  • New staff.
  • Paid training placements.
  • Professional fees.

Although each grant band has different criteria, all projects must:

  • Have a clear plan with a defined start, middle and end.
  • Have not already started.
  • Last a certain amount of time (proportional to the grant amount)
  • Contribute to achieving NLHF outcomes.

In addition to the mandatory outcome of a wider range of people will be involved in heritage, all projects must achieve at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Heritage will be in better condition.
  • Heritage will be identified and better explained.
  • People will have developed skills.
  • People will have learnt about heritage, leading to change in ideas and actions.
  • People will have greater wellbeing.
  • The funded organisation will be more resilient.
  • The local area will be a better place to live, work or visit.
  • The local economy will be boosted.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding of at least:

  • 5% of the project costs is required for grants of between £100,000 and £1 million.
  • 10% of the project costs is required for grants of £1 million or more.

Restrictions

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Existing staff posts or organisational costs (unless calculated through Full Cost Recovery).
  • Statutory and/or legal responsibilities.
  • Promoting the cause or beliefs of political or faith organisations.
  • Recoverable VAT.
  • Costs for any activity that has taken place before a grant is awarded.

Application Procedure

Application notes and good practice guidance for all levels of funding can be found on the NLHF website.

Applications can be made at any time for grants of between:

  • £3,000 and £10,000. Decision within eight weeks.
  • £10,000 and £100,000. Decisions within eight weeks.

Applications for grants exceeding £100,000 are assessed within 12 weeks and following assessment will be assigned to a quarterly committee meeting. They have quarterly deadlines:

  • 5 March 2019 for a decision in June 2019
  • 28 May 2019 for a decision in September 2019
  • 20 August 2019 for a decision in November 2019
  • 19 November 2019 for decision in March 2020

Organisations can contact either the main Customer Services team or their local office. A list of local contacts can be found on the NLHF website under contact us


Addresses and contacts

Contact details: Customer Services Team, National Lottery Heritage Fund (Heritage Lottery Fund), 7 Holbein Place, London, SW1W 8NR

Telephone: 020 7591 6042/6044

Email: [email protected]
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