Heritage Horizon Awards: grants of £5million and over

Find information about who can apply for our new Heritage Horizon Awards, how and when you should do it, and what happens after you make an application.

How much you can apply for

The minimum amount of grant is £5million. There is no upper limit on how much you can apply for.

We have a total of £50m available in the first year (2020-2021). The application process is now open.

Who can apply

You can apply for a Heritage Horizon Award if you are a:

  • not-for-profit organisation
  • partnership led by a not-for-profit organisation

What we are looking for

The concept behind the Heritage Horizon Awards is: "Backing big ideas, unlocking possibilities".

This means, we expect all projects to be:

  • transformative
  • innovative
  • collaborative

We want you to show clear and ambitious plans for how the project will bring about positive changes and benefits to people, places and wider heritage. We expect you to have plans to share your learning from the project widely across the sector.

We welcome applications for all kinds of heritage projects.

Our strategic priorities are:

  • landscapes and nature
  • heritage at risk

How to apply

For our Heritage Horizon Awards, we are using the Application guidance: £250,000-£5m.

Review the key documents below, and then submit an Expression of Interest form by 11 October 2019, via our

If your Expression of Interest shows strong potential, you will be invited to present your proposal to a panel of our decision makers.

We will then decide on a shortlist. We will let you know whether or not you have been shortlisted by December 2019.

What happens if you are shortlisted

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a development phase application through our online application portal by:

  • 31 August 2020 to receive a development phase decision by 31 December 2020

Please make sure that the start date of your project is later than the date of decision.

Key dates

The programme is in two phases:

  • development phase: up to two years
  • delivery phase: up to five years

For grants above £5m, application deadlines are set in advance to clarify when funding decisions will be made.

  • 11 October 2019: Expressions of Interest deadline
  • December 2019: shortlisted projects notified
  • 31 August 2020: deadline for development application
  • by 31 December 2020: development decisions are made
  • up to 2022: projects will have up to two years to submit their delivery proposals. Delivery decisions will be made by the Board.

What you need to contribute financially

You must contribute at least 10% of the costs of your development phase and 10% of the costs of your delivery phase.

We describe your contribution as "partnership funding" and it can be made up of cash, non-cash contributions, volunteer time or a combination of all of these.

For further details please see the guidance below.

Key documents you’ll need to help you apply: