What is inclusion?
Inclusion is about taking action to ensure that contemporary society in the UK is better represented in your heritage project.
We believe everyone should be able to benefit from our funding, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, class or income.
The terms we use:
At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we use the acronyms:
- BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) and in Scotland MECC (minority ethnic and cultural community)
- LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and others). The ‘+’ represents people who identify as non-binary, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual and other identities.
We use these acronyms because we believe they are widely understood. Identities can be complex and intersectional, and we are also aware that for many these terms may feel inadequate or limiting. We keep the language we use constantly under review.
What we expect from projects
Every project we fund must reach our mandatory outcome that "a wider range of people will be involved in heritage". Find out more in our inclusion guidance.
We want to see every project taking steps to reach out to new people, to share heritage beyond their organisation, and to embed inclusive practice as far as they can.
In planning your project, ensure that everyone you work with feels a sense of welcome and belonging.
Scroll down the page to see some of the inspiring projects we have funded, or explore different aspects of inclusive heritage below.
We support all sorts of projects which explore and celebrate the heritage of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
We also want to help the sector itself to better reflect the UK population.
Children and young people
Over the past 25 years, we are proud to have invested over £60million across the UK in projects working with children and young people. This includes the £10m Kick the Dust programme.
Disabled people are under-represented in every area of the heritage sector, including people who are learning disabled, people with physical or sensory disabilities or those living with dementia or using mental health services.
We are working in partnership with disabled people to change this unfair situation.
Over the past 25 years we've invested over £5million across the UK in sharing stories of LGBT+ ((lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and others) heritage, creativity, activism and much more.
Advice: what is an 'inclusive' project?
£3.3million to transform Lambeth's Brockwell Hall
"Worries fade away": volunteering on a wildlife project
Mental Health Awareness Week: the value of green space
Pearson Park - The People's Park
Pearson Park, managed by Hull City Council, is a vital green space for the whole community.
Outcome: a wider range of people will be involved in heritage
What this outcome means
If your project is a success, then the range of people benefiting from heritage will be more diverse than before your project started.
To achieve this outcome, you’ll need to include audience development work and community consultation in your planning.
The Arts and Culture Impact Fund calls for more applicants
Putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of decision-making
100 years of women scaling new heights with the Pinnacle Club
Podcasts: how the heritage sector is embracing the trend
International Women's Day: celebrating a heritage hero, Uzo Iwobi OBE
LGBT+ History Month: A space in the archives