Grant Opportunities

National Lottery Grants for Heritage in the United kingdom

National Lottery Grants for Heritage in the United kingdom

Deadline: 2 March 2020

Applications are now open for “National Lottery Grants for Heritage” in order to inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and for the future.

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They believe that understanding, valuing and sharing their heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

Funding Information

Grants from £10,000 to £250,000

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Eligible Projects

They fund projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

As a guide, this could include:

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  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • cultural traditions (for example, stories, festivals, 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 their industrial, maritime and transport history

They will only fund projects that:

  • have a clear plan with a defined start, middle and end
  • have not already started
  • and will last up to five years

They cannot cover the following:

  • 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

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Under this programme, they accept applications from:
    • not-for-profit organisations
    • private owners of heritage (who can apply for up to £100,000)
    • partnerships
  • Here are some examples of the types of organisation they can fund:
    • 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)
  • Applicant’s project must not start before they make a decision and it must focus on heritage in the UK.

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