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National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £250,000 to £5million

National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £250,000 to £5million

Suitable for:

  • not-for-profit organisations
  • partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations

Before you apply

Submit an expression of interest form and we will let you know if you are invited to apply.

Project length

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


Deadlines are quarterly and can be found below:

  • 5 March 2019 for a decision in June 2019
  • 28 May 2019 for a decision in September 2019
  • 20 August 2019 for a decision in November 2019
  • 19 November 2019 for decision in March 2020

Assessment process

We will assess your application in 12 weeks and, following assessment, it will be assigned to the next quarterly decision meeting.

Your contribution

You must contribute at least 5% of your project costs for grants up to £1million and at least 10% for grants of £1m or more.

Heritage Enterprise

For projects that are focusing on:

  • bringing a neglected historic building back in to a financially viable use
  • responding to local economic and social needs

The case for grant funding will depend on the conservation deficit. This is where the existing value of a heritage asset plus the cost of bringing it back into use is greater than the value of the asset after development.

If you are a not-for-profit organisation or a commercial organisation working in partnership with a not-for-profit organisation, you can apply under Heritage Enterprise.

If you choose to apply through Heritage Enterprise, please make sure you read the tailored guidance.


Expression of interest: £250,000-£5million

The Expression of Interest form (EOI) is mandatory for anyone thinking of applying for a grant above £250,000. We will use the information you provide in the EOI to decide whether or not to invite you to submit a development phase application.


Area-based schemes guidance

We recommend that you read this guidance in full before submitting your project enquiry or expression of interest and before filling in your application form.