At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we will do everything we can to help the UK’s outstanding heritage sector adapt through this most difficult of times and thrive again.

We are the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK's heritage. Since 1994, we've awarded over £8bn to more than 44,000 projects across the UK.

Together we can demonstrate the critical role that heritage can play to help people, communities and places through this crisis.

Our programmes

National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Grants of £3,000 up to £5million

The resumption of project funding marks a return to our core business, but it is not a return to ‘business as usual’.

  • We are prioritising six outcomes for heritage projects to respond to the COVID-19 context: skills and jobs, inclusion, organisational resilience, better places, the economy and wellbeing .
  • We also expect all projects to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans.
  • Projects don't have to meet all priority outcomes.
  • The National Lottery Grants for Heritage funding process - application, award and monitoring - remains the same.

Funding for environmental charities in England

Green Recovery Challenge Fund round 2

Grants of £50,000 to £2million

A short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs in England.

  • up to £40m fund
  • deadline for grants from £50,000 to £250,000: 12noon 14 April 2021
  • deadline for Expressions of Interest for grants from £250,000 to £2million: 12noon 22 March 2021
  • projects must complete by 31 March 2023

Funding for organisations in Wales

Grants of £10,000 to £250,000

Local Places for Nature

A capital grant scheme to enable communities in Wales to acquire, restore and enhance nature. We are distributing this fund in partnership with Welsh Government.

  • £2.3m fund
  • grants of £10,000 to £250,000
  • applications are open until further notice or until all the grant monies have been allocated


Community Woodlands

A capital grant scheme for projects to restore, create, connect and manage community woodlands in Wales. We are distributing this fund in partnership with Welsh Government.

  • £2.1m fund
  • grants of £10,000 to £250,000
  • open for applications until 21 October 2021 
  • projects must be delivered by March 2022 

Closed programmes

These grant programmes are no longer accepting applications, but you may want to view the guidance for reference.

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