Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

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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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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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Review report

In this report we summarise – for each of the four workstreams – what we learned over the past 12 months, what we have already achieved, and set out key actions we will take throughout 2021-2022.
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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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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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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