National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Applications are now open for National Lottery Grants for Heritage from £3,000 to £5million. This marks a return to our core business, but it is not a return to ‘business as usual’.

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means we have revised our approach to what we will fund. We have created a supplementary document that sets out our Priorities for National Lottery Grants for Heritage for 2021-22. This is a formal part of the programme guidance until April 2022.

In short, 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

Every project will need to achieve our inclusion outcome, ‘a wider range of people will be involved in heritage’.

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

Explore our Outcomes and Good Practice Guidance for more information.

Updates to application guidance

In line with the COVID-19 context, we have made some updates to our application guidance. 

Changes include:

  • COVID-19 considerations: you will need to factor in assumptions about social distancing and these assumptions should not entail significant financial risks for your organisation. Please refer to national and local guidance and restrictions about incorporating public health measures into your assumptions.  
  • Risk: when assessing your application, we will make a measured judgement on the potential risks your project might face due to the current pandemic situation. You should also carefully consider contingency costs within your application.

Read all the guidance and take your time 

Please thoroughly read our supplementary priorities document, application guidance and help notes, and familiarise yourself with our revised outcomes.

Pre-application advice is available for projects over £10,000. If you would like help to develop your idea before you start your full application, you can submit a project enquiry form or Expression of Interest Form (for larger grants) via our application portal. If you previously submitted an Expression of Interest Form before the suspension of our programmes in March 2020, you will now have to submit a new form which addresses our revised priorities 2021-22.

Don’t rush to apply before you are ready, and make sure you have carefully considered the best way to shape your activity and how you are going to manage it. We expect to receive a high number of applications, and we will need to prioritise where our investment can make a significant difference.

Further changes

We will continue to review our processes to ensure we are able to provide support where it is needed. We reserve the right to make any changes necessary. We will communicate any changes as quickly as possible via this webpage.

What level of grant are you interested in?

Some heritage projects seek to achieve economic growth by investing in heritage. We call these ‘heritage enterprise’ projects. Heritage enterprise applications also must demonstrate how they meet our priority outcomes 2021-22.