Heritage Lottery Fund

Funding priority

They fund heritage projects of all sizes that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. They have nine main outcomes and would like projects to meet at least once of them – check website for details. Their mandatory outcome is for a wide range of people to be involved in heritage.



Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation National lottery

Who can apply

Non profit organisations


You can’t spend the money on
existing staff posts or organisational costs
Unless calculated through Full Cost Recovery which means securing funding for all costs involved in running a project. So you can request funding for direct project costs and also for part of your organisation’s overheads.

repairs to your own home
legal and/or statutory responsibilities
Includes anything that would be paid for regardless, whether the project went ahead or not. For example, rent, utilities, building maintenance.
promoting the causes or beliefs of political or faith organisations
recoverable VAT
costs for any activity that has taken place before a grant is awarded

Funding Type

  1. Capital expenditure
  2. One-off
  3. Project
  4. Regular
  5. Running costs

Grant details

They awards a range of grants from £3,000 up to several million. The money you get for your project can be used for:

  • repairs and conservation
  • digital outputs
  • new staff posts
  • paid training placements
  • professional fees
  • teaching staff

Size of grant

  1. Large (£50,000 and up)
  2. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)
  3. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

Online application process. Check guidelines on their website for the size of grant you'd like to apply for.

Contact Details


7 Holbein Place


Telephone Number

020 7591 6044



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