Update 1 April 2020
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, organisations that have been selected to apply for Heritage Horizon Awards will be given more time and deferred until the 2021/22 financial year.
We will not be opening a further round of funding for Heritage Horizon Awards.
The minimum amount of grant is £5million. There is no upper limit.
We have a total of £50m available in the first year (2020-2021). The process is closed to new applicants until 2022.
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
The process is closed to new applicants until 2022.
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:
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.
Our strategic priorities are:
- landscapes and nature
- heritage at risk
What happens if you are shortlisted
Following the Expression of Interest (EOI) and presentation stages, shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a development phase application through our online application portal by late November 2020.
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 at 12noon: Expressions of Interest deadline
- 16 December 2019: shortlisted projects notified
- late November 2020: deadline for development application
- early 2021: 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 applicants 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.
- application guidance - this is the application guidance for our £250,000-£5m grants. It sets out who can apply, what we are looking for, the application process, timeline and financial contributions. It also applies to grants over £5m, except for the differences outlined above.
- application help notes
- preview of the questions contained within the Expression of Interest - this is the form used for our £250,000-£5m grants. It also applies to grants over £5m.
- good practice guidance
- standard terms for development phase grants
- standard terms for delivery grants