Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

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Ensuring everyone in the UK has opportunities to explore, access and enjoy heritage has been at the heart of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s mission since we were established in 1994.

In our Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024, we made that mission explicit. Inclusion – ‘involving a wider range of people’ – is a mandatory outcome of all the projects we fund.

When we talk about inclusion, we mean equal and fair access for everyone, regardless of age, sex, disability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, class or income. 

However, we recognise that we need to do more to achieve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of our organisation and its work. Bringing about change is an ongoing process. We are listening and learning to help drive the change we want to see.

On this page we share our commitment to that work and our actions to progress it. 

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Publications

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Review report

Foreword By Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Chair of the EDI Review Task Force and Trustee at The National Lottery Heritage Fund Ensuring everyone in the UK has opportunities to explore, access and enjoy heritage has been at the heart of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s mission since we were
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Publications

How can The Heritage Fund be more inclusive of under-represented groups?

The research – conducted by The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) – focused on organisations with characteristics currently and historically under-represented in our funding portfolio: race and ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and young people. TSIC conducted
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At The Painted Hall. Credit: Alys Tomlinson

Basic Page

Our Values and Behaviours

Our Values and Behaviours are the bedrock on which we build success for our people, communities and heritage.
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Hub

Inclusive heritage

Inclusion is about taking action to ensure that contemporary society in the UK is better represented in your heritage project.

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