£13.7million boost for nature, communities and culture

£13.7million boost for nature, communities and culture

View of a river taken from in the air
River Tweed at Leaderfoot Viaduct.
Six National Lottery-funded projects will help create a 'vibrant and optimistic' future for heritage across the UK.

Threatened species in Scotland, a hard-hit Northumberland community and a once-bustling mining town in Cornwall are among those set to benefit.

It is one of the largest announcements of National Lottery funding for heritage since our grant programmes fully reopened in February 2021.

It is one of the largest announcements of National Lottery funding for heritage since our grant programmes fully reopened in February 2021. Before then, we had switched our focus to deliver emergency National Lottery funding and Government grant in aid to help the heritage sector weather the immediate impacts of the pandemic.

Helping heritage thrive into the future

Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “I am delighted that we were able to support these exciting projects, which put heritage at the heart of people and places.

Thanks to National Lottery players, we will continue to support projects that help create a resilient, vibrant and optimistic future for heritage and communities right across the UK.

Eilish McGuinness, the Heritage Fund Chief Executive

“It is so uplifting to see the continued ambition in the light of the impact of the pandemic and ongoing challenges, protecting our precious heritage and supporting communities to recover and thrive.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, we will continue to support projects that help create a resilient, vibrant and optimistic future for heritage and communities right across the UK.”

Six projects on a mission to aid recovery

Species on the Edge

NatureScot has been awarded £4,232,000 to support 37 of Scotland’s most vulnerable species through conservation and community action, including the great yellow bumblebee and soprano pipistrelle bat.

Blyth Heritage Community Response

People stand around a workbench using tools
In the Blyth Tall Ship workshop.

Blyth Tall Ship has been awarded £636,600 to launch a new skills programme, helping vulnerable people in Blyth improve their wellbeing and employability prospects.

Redruth Buttermarket: Rediscovering the Market Town

Redruth Revival CIC has been awarded £2,734,875 to restore historic buildings in the market town of Redruth, Cornwall and to aid local economic recovery.

Leeds 2023

Leeds Culture Trust has been awarded £2,120,230 to celebrate the city’s culture and boost the resilience of the local heritage and cultural sector.

Destination Tweed: Source to Sea Restoration and Revitalisation

Tweed Forum has been awarded £2,980,000 to restore natural and built heritage along the River Tweed, reconnect communities with green spaces and boost the local economy.

Hurst Farm Heritage Trail

Derbyshire Dales District Council has been awarded £1,009,000 to enhance the woodland and biodiversity surrounding Hurst Farm Estate and improve access to nature.

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Our National Lottery Grants for Heritage programmes have a focus on helping people, communities and places recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

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