Heritage 2033 – our 10-year strategy

Heritage 2033 – our 10-year strategy

View of The Great Bath in Bath, Somerset, showing the water surrounded by Roman architecture.
Roman Baths, Bath © 2017 aroundworld/Shutterstock.
As the largest funder for the UK’s heritage, our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future.

Over the next decade we will take a longer-term view, investing in heritage for the future as well as for the present. We will invest in places, not just individual projects, to bring about benefits for people, places and our natural environment.

We will strengthen partnerships with governments, local authorities and statutory agencies and create new collaborations with those who share our vision.

These ambitions are set out in a simplified investment framework and form the foundation of our shared vision for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone.

Delivery plan 2023–2026

In the first of our three-year delivery plans we set out how we plan to invest over £1billion between 2023–2026, changes to our National Lottery Grants for Heritage and our priorities for investment.

Our investment principles

Four new investment principles will guide all our decision making through open programme funding, our strategic initiatives or when entering new collaborations and partnerships.

  • Saving heritage: conserving and valuing heritage, for now and the future.
  • Protecting the environment: supporting nature recovery and environmental sustainability.
  • Inclusion, access and participation: supporting greater inclusion, diversity, access and participation in heritage. 
  • Organisational sustainability: strengthening heritage to be adaptive and financially resilient, contributing to communities and economies. 

We will ask projects we fund to take all four investment principles into account in their applications. 

If you query is regarding our application portal, please contact our support team.