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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.

Fund Information

Funding body:

National Lottery Heritage Fund (Heritage Lottery Fund)

Maximum value:

£ 5,000,000

Application deadline:

19/11/2019

Background

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has published its five-year Strategic Funding Framework (2019 to 2024), which includes the new National Lottery Grants for Heritage funding programme.

Objectives of Fund

The National Lottery Grant for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage projects in the UK, including local, regional and national heritage.

Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that is valued with the wish to pass it on to future generations.

Value Notes

The following levels of funding are available:

  • 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.

  • Grants of between £250,000 and £5 million for Heritage Enterprise projects suitable for not-for-profit organisations and partnerships between not-for-profit organisations and commercial organisations.

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.

Who Can Apply

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 between commercial organisations and not-for-profit organisations for grants of £250,000 to £5 million. (These partnerships should be for the purposes of achieving economic growth - see the separate Heritage Enterprise application guidance.)

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)

Location

UK

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.

For applicants who are private owner of heritage, the following will not be funded:

  • Works that can reasonably be considered to be the statutory duty of the owner.

  • The purchase of buildings or any heritage assets.

  • Construction of new buildings.

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 a variety of direct project costs, such as:

  • Volunteer expenses.

  • Event costs (including room hire, refreshments and equipment).

  • Small capital works.

  • Costs to improve access.

  • Costs associated with taking on new responsibility for heritage (for example, feasibility studies).

  • The purchase price of collection items or property

  • Repair and conservation.

  • Digital outputs.

  • New staff.

  • Paid training placements.

  • Professional fees.

For partneships between commercial and non-profit organisations, Heritage Enterprise grants can also be used for costs including:

  • Property acquisition and related costs.

  • Capital work, including repairs, conversion and new build costs.

  • Development management costs.

  • Planning and building control fees.

  • Finance costs

  • Research, such as specialist surveys or historic research.

  • The preparation of development appraisals.

  • The preparation of management and maintenance plans, activities statements, conservation plans and project business plans (where applicable).

  • Payments/bursaries for trainees.

  • Evaluation.

  • Promotion.

  • Extra organisational costs, such as a new phone, extra photocopying, new computers or extra rent.

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 - that 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.

How To Apply

Application notes and good practice guidance for all levels of funding can be found on the NLHF website. Applications are submitted via the online portal on the NLHF website.

The application process differs depending on the level of grant being requested. Applications can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Grants of £3,000 to £10,000 - at any time with decisions within eight weeks.

  • Grants of £10,000 to £100,000 - at any time with decisions within eight weeks.

  • Grants of £100,000 to £250,000 - by the quarterly deadlines with decisions within three months.

  • Grants of £250,000 to £5 million (including Heritage Enterprise grants) - expressions of interest can be submitted at any time. Those invited to submit a development phase application must do so by the relevant quarterly deadline.

They 2019/20 quarterly deadlines are:

  • 19 November 2019 for decision in March 2020

  • 2 March 2020 for decision in June 2020

  • 1 June 2020 for decision in September 2020

  • 1 September 2020 for decision in December 2020

  • 23 November 2020 for decision in March 2021

Applicants can contact either the main Customer Services team or their local office, a full list of local contacts can be found on the NLHF website under contact us

There is also an Online Community which is a forum for people to share knowledge, learning and discuss issues relating to their project.


Useful documents & links

Useful Links


Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Customer Services Team
    National Lottery Heritage Fund (Heritage Lottery Fund)
    International House
    1 St Katharine's Way
    London
    E1W 1UN
    Tel: 020 7591 6044
    Email: [email protected]

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