Community heritage

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

Thanks to National Lottery players, since 1994 we have awarded over £500m to 26,700 community and cultural heritage projects across the UK.

What do we support?

We help people who are researching and sharing the history of a community or of a place.

We also fund projects which combine different types of heritage in a particular location.

Project ideas

Our funding could help people:

  • research the impact of a historical event on their town. They could then share their findings through displays, talks and online
  • investigate the names on a war memorial
  • crowdsource documents and photographs linked to the LGBT+ community, creating an online archive and exhibition
  • set up an audio trail around a range of buildings, parks and monuments in a town
  • enable a youth group to research their local history and create an animated film about their learnings

How to get funding

Our National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme is open for applications, with refocused priorities for 2021-22.

A variety of people enjoying a park with a lake
Thomson Park, Burnley. Credit: Burnley Borough Council

Hub

Thriving Places

We are committed to supporting heritage projects that create better places to live, work and visit.
People engaging with nature

Programme

Local Places for Nature

A capital grant scheme to enable communities in Wales to restore and enhance nature. Grants up to £250,000 available.
Outside the Jubilee Pool in Penzance
Sustainability award 2021 winner: Penzance Jubilee Pool

Stories

Could you be the Sustainable Project of the Year 2022?

The National Heritage Lottery Fund is sponsoring the sustainability category at the Museums + Heritage Awards for a third year running – entries are now open for 2022.
People planting trees

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How we're tackling climate change

In our corporate plan we have committed to play our part in tackling climate change – both within our organisation and in our grant giving.
Three people look down over a valley with mountains in the distance
Braemar view. Credit: Cameron Cosgrove

Projects

Cairngorms 2030: people and nature thriving together

We have awarded nearly £12.5million to a life-changing project aiming to preserve the UK’s biggest National Park, bringing communities together to help nature and improve wellbeing.

Sunrise over Plymouth
Site of the new marine park at Plymouth. Credit: Chris Gorman/Big Ladder Photography

Projects

Building Plymouth Sound, the UK’s first National Marine Park

We are granting £9.5million to support the creation of Plymouth Sound's 'Park in the Sea', helping communities and tackling the effects of climate change.

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