National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Effective 25 November 2020

As part of our continued response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we are reopening our National Lottery Grants for Heritage to support organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in.

The reopening is happening in two phases.

Phase 1

From 25 November we resume accepting applications for grants from £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000 for projects with an emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

We will give priority to organisations working with heritage that have not received funding through our Heritage Emergency Fund or the cultural recovery and emergency funds provided by the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland governments, including:

The budget for National Lottery Grants for Heritage in phase 1 is £10million. We expect to make decisions on a rolling basis during January and February.

Phase 2

Beginning 8 February 2021, we will resume accepting applications for grants from £100,000 to £250,000 and £250,000 to £5m. From February 2021, we will prioritise heritage projects that will:

  • boost the local economy
  • encourage skills development and job creation
  • support wellbeing
  • create better places to live, work and visit
  • improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage

We will also expect all projects to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans, as appropriate. 

New application and good practice guidance will be available in February.

Apply now

Applicants for grants from £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000 are now open. Please read the application guidance before you apply.