Our current priorities
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.
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 nature, community 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.
Areas, buildings and monuments
Looking after historic buildings, monuments and archaeology ensures that we can safeguard the places people love for future generations.
Celebrating our community heritage can help bring people together, feel pride in where they live and save stories and traditions.
Cultures and memories
We fund projects which help to explore, save and celebrate the traditions, customs, skills and knowledge of different communities.
Industrial, maritime and transport
Our funding celebrates the innovative buildings, transport and technology that helped to shape the modern world.
Landscapes, parks and nature
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
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.