How to get funding for your idea or project

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How to get funding

We fund projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

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How to apply

Our application process is competitive and we cannot fund every good quality application that we receive.

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Run your project

Whatever stage you are at, we are here to help along the way.

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Promote your project

Getting people to talk about your project is a great way of letting people know what you are doing with your grant. It also shows everyone how National Lottery players' money is being used.

Our impact
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invested in heritage since 1994
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heritage projects supported since 1994
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volunteers supported through our Heritage Emergency Fund
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invested in our Digital Skills for Heritage initiative
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invested in business and enterprise development programmes

Our support for disability heritage...

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Make your online content accessible to all

Digital guide: an introduction to online accessibility
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Involving a wider range of people in heritage

Advice: what is an 'inclusive' project?
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Telling stories through photography

Picturing the Past: access to heritage for excluded groups in Scotland
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Capturing the history and nature of friendships and relationships

Our Social Networks: Capturing the nature of friendship and intimacy for people with learning disabilities