Funders Spotlight - National Lottery Heritage Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund gives grants from £3,000 to fund heritage projects. They fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to their heritage.
Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. This could include memories, cultural traditions, local community heritage, in fact it is about what is important to you and your community.
All projects need to meet the outcome that “A wider range of people will be involved in heritage”. There is also an outcome that “people will have greater wellbeing” that the Fund thinks you might be interested in hearing about. They are looking for projects that will result in people feeling more connected to the people around them or the place they live as a result of involvement in a heritage project. It could be through providing opportunities for people to be more active through, for example, volunteering in and learning about the heritage of parks or local wildlife sites, or reducing social isolation by bringing people together to volunteer in their local museum or understand their shared history.
All projects should be designed to impact on wellbeing and ideally bring together heritage and wellbeing organisations and use recognised evaluation methods.
Do you have an idea for a heritage project? If you are looking for a grant between £3,000 - £10,000, you can find out more about the small grant programme on the website or contact the Engagement team via NorthEastContact@heritagefund.org.uk to ask any questions about the programme or small grant advice surgeries. If you are looking for a grant above £10,000, you can register here to send a project enquiry to the team.
The Fund are currently hosting small grants workshops all around the North to help anyone interested in writing an application or learning more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Keep an eye on the events page to find out what’s coming up near you.