Community heritage

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.

People sitting in a sunny park, near a bandstand
Pearson Park in Kingston upon Hull


Thriving Places

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


Local Places for Nature

A capital grant scheme to enable communities in Wales to restore and enhance nature. Grants up to £250,000 available.
A close up of meadow plants in the sunlight
The conservation-themed activity of meadow management, for Wild Ways Well


Creating Natural Connections in Cumbernauld

The Scottish Wildlife Trust are bringing transformational change to Cumbernauld’s natural heritage, and helping local people engage with its greenspaces to improve mental health.