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National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Wed 2 Dec 2020

This is a rolling programme so there are no deadlines 


Grants for organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Phase one offers two levels of funding:

  • Grants from £3,000 to £10,000
  • Grants from £10,000 to £100,000

The National Lottery Grants for Heritage funding programme has been created as part of National Lottery Heritage Fund Strategic Funding Framework 2019 to 2024.

The funding is intended to help the UK’s heritage sector respond to the impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19 and to adapt and thrive again.

This funding is designed to focus on organisational resilience or on projects that deliver inclusion in heritage. The mandatory outcome must be achieved in all projects:

A wider range of people will be involved in heritage (mandatory).

The funded organisation will be more resilient.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has announced a phased reopening of project funding will begin in late November 2020.

  • 25 November 2020: Phase 1 applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 will be accepted. This will provide some much-needed financial assistance, particularly to those heritage sector organisations who have, so far, been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds. NLHF will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.
  • 8 February 2021: Phase 2 applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million will be accepted. This will mark a return to NLHF’s core business, but NLHF will not be returning to pre-COVID-19 “business as usual” in its approach.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Boost the local economy
  • Provide job creation and encourage skills development
  • Support local health and wellbeing
  • Encourage rebuilding community cohesion
  • Project partners must demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans.

For more information and to apply, see the Heritage Fund website.