National Lottery Heritage Fund – 24 February 2022

Not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage across the UK can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £5 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for projects connecting people and communities to UK heritage.

Projects should aim to improve the condition of heritage; allow for heritage to be identified and better explained; and ensure that people have learned about local heritage, leading to changes in ideas and actions. There is a focus on landscape and nature, and community heritage.

Three levels of funding are available:

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic the National Heritage Fund will prioritise heritage projects that

promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people;

  • boost the local economy;
  • encourage skills development and job creation;
  • support wellbeing;
  • create better places to live, work and visit;
  • and improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage.

Depending on which programme is applied for the type of organisations that can apply include:

  • 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)

There are no deadlines for applications for under £250,000.  For applications exceeding £250,000 the next closing date is the 24 February 2022.

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Find out more and explore the updated application guidance

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