National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £250,000 to £5million (including heritage enterprise)

Funding Grants of £250,000 to £5million (including heritage enterprise)


The National Lottery Grants for Heritage are currently closed to new applications until 2021. Read more about our funding programmes

Who can apply

You can apply for a grant of £250,000 and £5million if you are a:

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

Our grant phases

Grants over £250,000 are made up of the following phases:

  • a development phase this is when you will refine and further develop your project. Please note that a development phase grant award does not guarantee that you will receive a delivery phase grant award.
  • a delivery phase if awarded, this is when you put your development plans into action to deliver your project

How to apply

Follow the steps below to learn what happens when applying for grants between £250,000 and £5million.

  1. Read this page

    Follow these steps and read this whole page. First you will need to:

  2. Create an account

    To apply you will need to use our online portal, if you don't have one already you will need to:

  3. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

    We ask all applicants for a grant above £250,000 to complete a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

    We will use the information you provide to decide whether or not to invite you to submit a development phase application.

    We aim to respond to your EOI within 20 working days of receipt.

    If we decide to invite you to apply, we will contact you to discuss next steps. If we are not inviting you to apply we will explain our reason.

    If you are unsuccessful at this stage, you cannot resubmit an Expression of Interest form for another three months.

  4. Decide when to apply

    For grants between £250,000 and £5million, application deadlines are set in advance to clarify when funding decisions will be made.

    If you are invited to submit a development phase application, please submit it through our online application portal by:

    • 19 November 2019, 12 noon to receive a decision by the end of March 2020
    • 2 March 2020, 12 noon to receive a decision by the end of June 2020
    • 1 June 2020, 12 noon to receive a decision by the end of September 2020
    • 1 September 2020, 12 noon to receive a decision by the end of December 2020
    • 23 November 2020, 12 noon to receive a decision by the end of March 2021

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

  5. Plan your financial contribution

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

  6. Read about Heritage Enterprise

    Some heritage projects seek to achieve economic growth by investing in heritage. We call these ‘Heritage Enterprise’ projects.

  7. Apply for a grant

    If you have been invited to submit an application, we will assess your application within 12 weeks of you submitting it. After we have assessed your project, it will be assigned to a quarterly committee meeting for a formal decision.

    Documents to help you apply

    To complete an application

    Log into our application portal

Once you have submitted your application form, it is not possible for us to return the form to you for further work. Make sure that you are happy with your application before you submit it to us.

Urgent decisions

In exceptional circumstances, we may consider a fast-track application process. An example of this is if you have an opportunity to buy a heritage item at an auction but need to move quickly. If you think this applies to your project, you should submit an Expression of Interest form and we will discuss this with you.