The National Lottery Heritage Fund: National Lottery Grant for Heritage

Heritage

The National Lottery Grant for Heritage fund offers between £3,000 to £5million to not for profit organisations with projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

As a guide, this could include:

  • oral history
  • cultural traditions
  • nature
  • natural and designed landscapes
  • 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 our industrial, maritime and transport history

The Fund will cover:

  • repair and conservation
  • digital outputs
  • new staff
  • paid training placements
  • professional fees
  • volunteer expenses
  • costs to improve access to your heritage
  • activities to help strengthen your organisation
  • cost associated with taking on new responsibility for heritage. For example, feasibility studies.

The grant offers four levels of funding:

  1. £3,000 to £10,000 (for projects up to one year in length only)
  2. £10,000 to £100,000
  3. £100,000 to £250,000 (at least a 5% contribution to your project costs)
  4. £250,000 to £5million (Invitation by EOI / for projects up to seven years in length – two years development, five years delivery / at least a 5% contribution to your projects costs for applications up to £1million and at least a 10% contribution for those over £1million)

Deadlines:

  1. £3,000 to £10,000: Continuous rolling programme. Assessed within eight weeks
  2. £10,000 to £100,000: Continuous rolling programme. Assessed within eight weeks
  3. £100,000 to £25,000:
  • 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

Assessed within 12 weeks. Applicants must contribute at least 5% of their project costs.

4. £250,000 to £5million: EOI followed by invitation to apply by deadline stated above. Invited applications will be assessed within 12 weeks. Applicants must contribute at least 5% of their project costs for grants up to £1million and at least 10% for grants of £1m or more.

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