Our work

Our work

Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. From local parks and landscapes, to castles or community projects – find out more about what we fund.

Our current priorities

Our impact

Over the past 25 years, we have been the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage.

We’ve invested over £8.3billion in more than 49,000 projects since 1994.

We fund all kinds of projects, as long as they help to create positive and lasting change for people and communities.

Our funding

In 2019, we launched a new Strategic Funding Framework, which set out our vision and principles for the next five years.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has continued to impact so many aspects of our lives, we addressed this by creating revised priorities for funding in 2022-2023.

We remain committed to supporting landscapes and naturecommunity heritage and heritage at risk. We also want to fund projects that demonstrate the value of heritage to our national life and which support local economies, places and communities.

Heritage sectors

Areas, buildings and monuments

Norwich Castle

Looking after historic buildings, monuments and archaeology ensures that we can safeguard the places people love for future generations.

Community heritage

People at First World War village event

Celebrating our community heritage can help bring people together, feel pride in where they live and save stories and traditions.

Cultures and memories

Children at a carnival

We fund projects which help to explore, save and celebrate the traditions, customs, skills and knowledge of different communities.

Industrial, maritime and transport

Titanic light tower

Our funding celebrates the innovative buildings, transport and technology that helped to shape the modern world.

Landscapes, parks and nature

Bempton Cliffs

The need to aid nature’s recovery is urgent. That is why funding landscapes and nature is one of our key strategic funding priorities until 2024.

Museums, libraries and archives

Girl in museum

Museums, libraries and archives tell the stories of our cultural heritage. Through their collections they help to give us a sense of place and identity.