What makes a good Sharing Heritage project?

We’re starting a discussion here about our Sharing Heritage programme (grants of £3,000 to £10,000). We would love to hear your experiences of volunteering or working on a Sharing Heritage project or are you thinking of applying? You can use this space to ask us your questions.

Here are a few handy hints and tips:

  • Describe the heritage focus of the project and why the heritage is important

  • Explain as much as you can the opportunities for participants to get involved in research and learning activities. Tell us how many people will be taking part in the project and how you will recruit new people for the project.

  • Are you working with other partner organisations and local community groups? You can strengthen your application by outlining in detail the involvement of external groups and explaining the support they will give you throughout the project.

  • Don’t forget to tell us how you will share the project with the wider community and how the project benefits will be maintained.

  • Tell us why would like to start the project now? Is the project celebrating an anniversary or commemorating a particular event? This will help to show us why it is important that the project happens now.

Here a couple of examples of Sharing Heritage projects we’ve funded in Scotland

Mary Queen of Scots Linen Project

Pupils from schools in Edinburgh learnt about traditional crafts relating to the Scottish linen industry during the era of Mary Queen of Scots. They planted flax seeds in their school playgrounds, watching it grow ready for harvesting to be turned into linen cloth. Other activities included papermaking, calligraphy and wattle weaving and events were held at local primary schools to celebrate the achievements of the project.


Living Windows for Cumbernauld

‘Living Windows’ celebrated the green spaces of Cumbernauld from community parks, to gardens, woodlands. The local community took part in workshops to explore their natural environment and understand why is it is important and a valuable part of their town. The project cumulated in creative learning with the design of large scale artworks that were displayed in empty shop fronts in the town’s shopping centre.


You can use this page to tell us about your Sharing Heritage project! If you have a video or some action shots of your project, we’d love to see them. 

Submitted by clpproductions… (not verified) on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 19:32


We are CLP Productions Ltd and at present producing a Wirral film ased on an autobigraphy called Breaking Free. We have cast and crew as well as our office. The film is called Free To Be and tells a story of a  rebellious teenager and how he became an actor. The film is set in 1972,1979,1983 and 1989. We have been busy securing locations but we are still looking for a house that could represent the above years.

Now funding is an issue and as we all know very difficult . Does anyone have any ideas.


www.breakingfreefilm.org Lots of infomation on here


Submitted by annie.mottisfo… (not verified) on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:36


Hi Christopher

Thank you for getting in touch, I would recommend contacting your local council and third sector organisation for general advice on funding. You can find further details on the types of projects we fund here and the benefits we're looking for projects to make. If you would like to find out about what we fund more please contact your local HLF office.

Annie (HLF Scotland office)




Submitted by Amy Freeborn (not verified) on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:47


Hi Christopher - you might also find this live chat thread about fundraising useful: https://www.hlf.org.uk/community/general-discussions/live-chat-fundraising-20-august-2015