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, 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; HLF is the distributor.
National Lottery Heritage Fund is 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 £39bn for good causes. Of this, we have distributed £7.9bn to over 43,000 heritage projects.
Find out more
We plan to distribute at least £1bn of National Lottery income over the next five years. Find out more in our Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024.
Read our latest reports.