Heritage Lottery Fund - Fundraising Working Group Sessions

Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, inspires and leads the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and for the future. 

Heritage Lottery funds a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. These projects can range from activities which engage the wider community in the heritage you are exploring to repairs and conservations of a specific land/area to paid training placements.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage projects in the UK.

Our Information sheets aim to give you enough info to help you understand whether:
A) This funder will support your work.
B) Your project fits the criteria
C) The application process.
D) Whether it’s worth your time applying for this particular fund.

If you do decide to apply, please do not rely on this page to give you all the information – make sure you go to the funder’s website and read all the information and guidance they provide.

Please note: This information sheet was created by Bradford Producing Hub to support artists to understand funder opportunities and criteria. The information is accurate as of 23/06/2021. 

Who Can Apply

Under this programme, they accept applications from: 

✔  Not-for-profit organisations.

✔  Private owners of heritage.

Here are some examples of the types of organisation they can fund: 

✔  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.

What You Can Apply For

✔  Nature works to improve habitats or conserve species.

✔  Designed landscapes – improving and conserving historic landscapes. 

✔  Landscapes and the countryside large-scale rural projects that help improve landscapes for people and nature.

✔  Oral history recordings of people’s stories, memories and songs.

✔  Cultural traditions exploring the history of different cultures through storytelling, or things that you do as part of your community. 

✔  Community archaeology involves the active participation of volunteers in archaeological activities, everything from investigating, photographing, surveying to finds processing. 

✔  Historic buildings, monuments and the historic environment from houses and mills, to caves and gardens.

✔  Areas that are connected to history and heritage museums, libraries and archives making the collections that museums, libraries and archives hold more accessible through new displays, improving public buildings and galleries, or engaging people with interpreting new and existing collections.

✔  Acquiring new objects and help towards the cost of acquiring one-off objects or collections as part of a collections development policy.

✔  Commemorations and celebrations telling the stories and histories of people, communities, places or events related to specific times and dates.

✔  Industrial, maritime and transport this might be places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history.

Full information on their website. 

Grant Range

✔  A grant between £3,000 to £250,000.

✔  Submit a Project Enquiry for a project idea between £10,000 to £250,000.

✔  Submit an Expression of Interest for applications over £250,000.

Eligibility

Requirements: Your project must not start before they make a decision and it must focus on heritage in the UK.

Assessment process: Once they receive your application and all the correct supporting documents, they will assess your application and give you a decision in eight weeks. The assessment of their first few applications may take slightly longer than eight weeks as they transition back into their normal grant-giving cycle. 

They will ask to see your constitution or governing documents. You must have at least two people on your board or management committee who are not related by blood or marriage or living at the same address. 

If you are a private owner or a private owner is involved in your project, they will assess whether public benefit outweighs any private gain so please consider this in your application.

They usually expect the owner of the heritage to fill in the application form and, if you are successful, receive the grant and report on progress. If the owner of the heritage is not making the application, then they will ask them to sign up to the terms of grant.

Full FAQ for 3K – 10K on their website. 

Full FAQ for 10K – 250K on their website. 

How to Apply

Applications are through an online portal, where you need to answer and submit the application form. All of the below are through the portal:

✔  Apply for a grant between £3,000 to £250,000.  

✔  Submit a Project Enquiry for a project idea between £10,000 to £250,000 

✔  Submit an Expression of Interest for applications over £250,000.

Key dates: there are no deadlines so you can apply whenever you are ready.

Assessment Process

Once they receive your application and all the correct supporting documents, they will assess your application and give you a decision in eight weeks. The assessment of their first few applications may take slightly longer than eight weeks as they transition back into normal grant-giving cycle.

Please note information has been directly taken from the Heritage Fund website, please keep up to date with most recent guidelines and updates via their website.