National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Article date
18 February 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The National Lottery Grant for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage projects.  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. 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

Funding is available for non-profits, or partnerships led by them, for between £3,000 and £5 million.

All projects:
  • must have a clear plan with a defined start, middle and end
  • must have not already started
  • should last a certain amount of time (proportional to the grant amount)
  • contribute to achieving the funder’s outcomes.
What can be funded:
  • repair and conservation
  • digital outputs
  • new staff
  • paid training placements
  • professional fees
What cannot be funded:
  • 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.

Find out more and apply here.