What we do

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK.

We believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

  • We distribute National Lottery grants from £3,000 to £5million and over, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK's heritage
  • We provide leadership and support across the heritage sector, and advocate for the value of heritage


Our parent body is the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). The NHMF allocates Lottery funds to heritage: The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the distributor.

We are a non-departmental public body accountable to Parliament via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Our decisions about individual applications and policies are entirely independent of the government.

National Lottery funding

With every purchase of a ticket, National Lottery players raise money for good causes. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is one of 12 distributors of this funding.

Since 1994, the National Lottery has raised more than £39billion for good causes. Of this, we have distributed over £8bn to more than 44,000 heritage projects across the UK.

Find out more

We plan to distribute at least £1.2bn of National Lottery income over the next five years. Find out more in our Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024.