National Lottery Grants for Heritage have now re-opened

National Lottery Grants for Heritage – an outline

This outline is intended only to give a flavour of the grants programme. Authoritative details will be found at:


Grants are to support the heritage sector to strengthen its recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the medium term and to build back for positive change across the UK’s heritage. The scheme supports a broad range of heritage projects and activities.

This will mark a return to NLHF’s core business, but it is not a return to “business as usual”.

Size of grants

Three levels of grants are available:

  • from £3,000 to £10,000
  • from £10,000 to £250,000
  • from £250,000 to £5 million

What expenditure is eligible


During 2021-22, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, priority will be given to at least one or more of the following outcomes:

  • A wider range of people will be involved in heritage’ (mandatory outcome)
  • The funded organisation will be more resilient
  • People will have greater wellbeing
  • People will have developed skills
  • The local area will be a better place to live, work or visit
  • The local economy will be boosted

The other three outcomes are:

  • Heritage will be in better condition.
  • Heritage will be identified and better explained.
  • People will have learnt about heritage, leading to change in ideas and actions.

All projects are to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability into their plans, as appropriate

The three priorities for heritage remain:

  • Landscape and nature.
  • Community heritage.
  • Heritage at risk.

Types of activity

The funding can support a broad range of types of activity and cover a wide range of direct project costs. As an example, projects could include:

  • Volunteer expenses
  • Training costs
  • Event costs (including room hire, refreshments and equipment)
  • Capital works
  • Repair and maintenance (revenue)
  • New staff posts
  • Professional fees (for example, legal costs)
  • Paid training placements
  • Costs to improve access to heritage
  • Activities to help strengthen the organisation
  • Costs associated with taking on new responsibility for heritage (for example, feasibility studies)
  • Full Cost Recovery
  • Digital outputs
  • Repair and conservation
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