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National Lottery Grants for Heritage Opens for Phase 1 Applications

27 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

After a two-month pause, the National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme has reopened for applications for small and medium project funding applications. This is the first of two phases. (Phase two will open in February 2021.)

There is a total of £10 million for phase one with grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 or £10,000 and £100,000.

Phase one 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 funding can support two types of projects:

  • Organisations and communities working with heritage to begin to recover and adapt in the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

  • Focused on inclusion and led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage, such as young people, minority ethnic and LGBT+ communities, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

The funding can cover any reasonable costs that help an organisation to recover and become viable. The majority of costs should relate to resilience of inclusion focused work.

Not-for-profit organisations, local authorities, public sector organisations or private owners of heritage can apply.

Applications will be assessed within eight weeks and proposals will then be discussed at the next decision meeting.

This is a rolling programme. There are no deadlines.

How To Apply

  • Phase 1 - applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 will be accepted starting from 25 November 2020. 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.

  • Phase 2 – applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million will be accepted starting from 8 February 2021. 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.

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.

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.


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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 Fund)
    International House
    1 St Katharine's Way
    London
    E1W 1UN
    Tel: 020 7591 6044
    Email: [email protected]
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