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What we fund

We fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

We fund heritage projects. Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.

Your heritage project could include:

  • nature anything that connects people to nature and the natural world
  • natural and designed landscapes landscapes are areas of ground which could be urban or rural in nature, and might include parks, or industrial sites that have been left
  • oral histories such as voice recordings of people’s stories of times gone by
  • cultural traditions Exploring the history of different cultures through storytelling, or things that you do as part of your community. This could be anything from dance and theatre, to food or clothing.
  • community archaeology digs that lots of people can take part in
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments From houses and mills, to caves and gardens. Areas that are connected to history.
  • collections collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • historic events histories of people and communities or places and events
  • languages the heritage of languages and dialects
  • industrial, maritime and transport this might be places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

What you can spend the money on

The money you get for your project can be used for:

  • repairs and conservation
  • this could be digital images, sound files or data, a website with heritage material, an app, or a film made using digital technology
  • new staff posts
    this could include part of a current employees’ role, if they were dedicating a specific amount of time to the project
  • this could also include training for existing staff, to support the aims of the project

  • professional fees
    includes anyone related to your project in a professional capacity, from architects and heritage professionals to teaching staff

You can’t spend the money on

  • existing staff posts or organisational costs

    Unless calculated through Full Cost Recovery which means securing funding for all costs involved in running a project. So you can request funding for direct project costs and also for part of your organisation’s overheads.

  • legal and/or statutory responsibilities
    Includes anything that would be paid for regardless, whether the project went ahead or not. For example, rent, utilities, building maintenance.
  • promoting the causes or beliefs of political or faith organisations
  • recoverable VAT
  • costs for any activity that has taken place before a grant is awarded

Before you apply

Your project must:

  • not start before we’ve formally made a decision about your funding application.
    When this happens depends on when you apply, and how much you apply for.
  • have a clear plan, with a defined start, middle and end.

    The amount of time a project lasts should be proportional to the grant amount.

    for example

    • a grant of £3,000 to £10,000 a project can last up to one year
    • a grant of £10,000 to £250,000 a project can last up to five years
    • a grant of £250,000 to £5 million, a project can be in development for up to two years and delivered in up to five years
  • fulfil at least one of our outcomes.