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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Workforce diversity

Comparable benchmark data is also shown, based on UK working population levels. We recognise that in some areas our workforce is not as diverse as national levels and does not fully reflect the communities we serve. This difference is due in part to levels of disclosure within the organisation. We
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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

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Our Values and Behaviours

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

Publications

Public Sector Equality Duty for England, Scotland and Wales

Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 details the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED). The PSED consists of a general equality duty (the Duty) that requires non-departmental public bodies such as The National Heritage Memorial Fund/The National Lottery Heritage Fund, when exercising our public

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