Welsh Language

The National Heritage Memorial Fund / National Lottery Heritage Fund has adopted the principle that, in the conduct of public business in Wales, it will treat the Welsh and English languages on a basis of equality.

This plan sets out how we will implement that principle in providing services to the public in Wales.

This scheme received the approval of the Welsh Language Board on 28 June 2007.

We're currently working with the Welsh Language Commissioner to continue to improve and update our current Welsh Language Scheme and we're aiming to publish the revised scheme as soon as possible. We will introduce new commitments as well as publishing a guidance and a comprehensive new package of resources to promote bilingualism that will help projects to deliver in Welsh and English in Wales.

What should you do in the meantime? 

If you have received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver your project in Wales, you will need to do so in Welsh and English. Offering services, activities, and literature to the project participants in both languages is part of your Approved Purposes described in your Grant Notification Letter.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to ensure that your project reaches a wider range of people. Welsh speakers must be able to access information and services in Welsh and materials must be produced for the public in both languages. Embedding the use of Welsh is good practice and will ensure that the project better meets the needs of Welsh speakers and learners.

It is important that you think about how you will carry out your project bilingually before you submit your application for funding, as you will need to include any associated costs within your project budget. You should demonstrate clearly how you will offer bilingual provision in your project budget and plan and include the budget for translation under the 'Other' costs category in the project costs section of the application form.

We have a direct e-mail address in the Fund to answer any questions you may have about being bilingual. Please contact cymorthcymraeg@heritagefund.org.uk or our main email address wales@heritagefund.org.uk and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.

You can also speak directly to your Investment Manager or one of our Engagement Managers at the start of the application process.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales is a truly bilingually organisation and we’re proud to be able to provide a full service to our customers in both Welsh and English. Occasionally, things don’t go according to plan. If you’d like to discuss the service you’ve received in either Welsh or English, please contact us on cymorthcymraeg@heritagefund.org.uk