National Lottery Heritage Fund Funding – What are your options?

Posted: 02/08/2021, by:

Are you looking for funding options for your Heritage project or organisation? Maybe you’ve been thinking about applying to the Heritage Fund but you’re a little daunted by all the options, or perhaps you don’t think that there is a funding option for you with them. Fret not! We have put together this little explainer (with links) so that you can get ready for the next rounds of funding. And once you’ve made up your mind, reach out to us! We will be more than happy to help you out with your application.

Digital Skills for Heritage

The Digital Skills for Heritage initiative is designed to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector. This new funding programme is now available to help UK organisations or partnerships establish new digital volunteering opportunities across the sector. Opportunities should focus on digital activities and/or activities that can be carried out at distance.

Total available funding under this tranche is £1million across all grants. Grants from £10,000 to £100,000 are available for each project. The expected project duration is 12 months, with possible extension to 18 months.

Who is this for?

Not-for-profit organisations working in relation to heritage or partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation working in relation to heritage with digital skills projects that will take less than 18 months.

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The aim of this strand of the fund is to help maintain England’s cultural ecology by supporting culturally significant organisations, which are now at imminent risk of failure due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, and have exhausted all other reasonable options for increasing their resilience.

In line with previous rounds of Culture Recovery funding, the central aims of this strand are to enable cultural organisations to reopen/restart their operations, where appropriate, or
operate on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis, so that they are able to reopen at a later date if, for example, reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach.

Applicants can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £1million to cover core operating costs up to a point where they can demonstrate a return to financial viability. Funding cannot extend beyond 31 December 2021.

The fund is will be open for Expressions of Interest from 7 July. You can apply any time from then until 12pm on 30 September 2021.

Who is this for?

Organisations and businesses that own, work with or manage heritage in England who have not been able to access any funding through the previous two rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund inspires, leads and resources the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and for the future. National Lottery Grants for Heritage is the open programme for all types of heritage projects in the UK.

Their priorities for 2021-22 are to  promote inclusion and involve a wider range of people (a mandatory outcome), boost the local economy, encourage skills development and job creation, support wellbeing, create better places to live, work and visit  and/or improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage.

Who is this for?

Not-for-profit organisations looking to connect people and communities to heritage in the UK with heritage projects.

Depending on the duration of your project and your funding needs, you have the following options:

Up to one year, 3k-10k

Up to five years, 10k-250k

At least 5 years, 250k to 5m

Local Places for Nature

Local Places for Nature is a capital grant scheme intended to enable areas of highest deprivation, peri urban/urban communities and/or those with least access to nature in Wales to restore and enhance nature ‘on your doorstep’. This funding is primarily for projects located or servicing the needs of communities in the 50% most deprived areas.

Who is this for?

Not-for-profit organisations looking to acquire, restore and enhance nature in Wales, whose projects will transform nature where people live, work and spend their leisure time and take place in a peri urban or urban area, or an area of deprivation – that require grants of up to £250k.

Local Places for Nature – Breaking Barriers

Local Places for Nature – Breaking Barriers is intended to help organisations working with excluded and disadvantaged communities to identify and remove barriers to community involvement in nature. Their aim is to co-produce the programme of the future, to enable participation in nature, co-creating ideas, plans and projects that will create a local place for nature, with grants of £30,000–£100,000 for revenue costs. The total available funding is £400,000.

This funding is primarily for organisations working with Black and minority ethnic, refugee, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community groups, those working with people in the 30% most deprived areas and previous recipients of Local Places for Nature grants to move on to the next step of developing their places for nature in their community.

Who is this for?

Community-based, not-for-profit organisations in Wales that already engage with disadvantaged and marginalised groups ‒ particularly in urban areas of deprivation with little or no access to nature ‒ or a community of interest marginalised from nature, and who have established and trusted working relationships which could be developed to engage those groups with nature projects.

Community Woodlands

The need to aid nature’s recovery is urgent. Looking after nature and helping people to understand its importance has never been more relevant – and the NHLF knows this! They’re funding landscapes and nature in Wales. The projects funded by this grant scheme will help to inform the Welsh Government’s thinking on the long-term development of the National Forest in Wales.

In this period of learning, it is possible that once projects have been completed and evaluated that some may not fall under the National Forest brand, but are good woodland projects in their own right.

Who is this for?

Not-for-profit organisations looking to manage or create new woodlands whose projects promote community involvement through the planning and provision of footpaths, nature trails, sculptures etc. and require a grant from £10,000-£250,000.



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