Grants to support the heritage sector to strengthen its recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the medium term and to build back for positive change across the UK’s heritage.

The funding will continue to support a broad range of heritage projects and activities, such as industrial sites, castles and historic places of worship, to the stories and memories of communities, and through to public parks, natural landscapes and native wildlife.

From April 2021 to March 2022, the National Lottery Grants for Heritage will give priority to heritage projects that:

  • Boost the local economy
  • Encourage skills development and job creation
  • Support wellbeing
  • Create better places to live, work and visit
  • Improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage

In addition, projects will need to:

  • Achieve the Fund’s inclusion outcome, involving a wider range of people in heritage.
  • Demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability into their plans.

Three levels of grants are now available:

Grants from £3,000 to £10,000
Grants from £10,000 to £250,000
Grants from £250,000 to £5 million.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must contribute at least 5% of project costs for grants up to £1 million and at least 10% for grants of £1 million or more.

Who Can Apply

Applications from £3,000 to £10,000 will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations and private owners of heritage.

Applications from £10,000 to £100,000 will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations, private owners of heritage and partnerships.

Applications from £100,000 to £5 million will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.

As a guide, this includes:

  • Charities, trusts and charitable incorporated organisations
  • Community and voluntary groups
  • Community/parish councils
  • Community interest companies
  • Faith-based or church organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Other public sector organisations
  • Private owners of heritage (for example, individuals and commercial organisations).


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Operational deficits and emergency costs.
  • Loan repayments.
  • Redundancy costs.
  • Costs that are eligible to be covered by Government support (for example, furlough).
  • Remaining salary costs for staff on furlough not covered by the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or any additional salary costs above the furloughing cap.
  • Anything that contravenes Government advice on COVID-19.
  • Recoverable VAT.
  • Statutory and/or legal responsibilities.
  • Costs related to promoting the cause or beliefs of political or faith organisations.
  • Costs already covered through emergency support funding.
  • Capital costs including urgent repairs and maintenance activities.

This is not an exhaustive list. Groups should check the guidelines.

Eligible Expenditure

Project funding to support a broad range of heritage projects and activities and connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

During 2021-22, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, priority will be given to at least one or more of the following outcomes:

  • A wider range of people will be involved in heritage (mandatory outcome)
  • The funded organisation will be more resilient
  • People will have greater wellbeing
  • People will have developed skills
  • The local area will be a better place to live, work or visit
  • The local economy will be boosted

The other three outcomes are:

  • Heritage will be in better condition.
  • Heritage will be identified and better explained.
  • People will have learnt about heritage, leading to change in ideas and actions.

The priorities for heritage remain:

  • Landscape and nature.
  • Community heritage.

The funding can support a broad range of types of activity and cover a wide range of direct project costs. As an example, projects could include:

  • Volunteer expenses
  • Training costs
  • Event costs (including room hire, refreshments and equipment)
  • Capital works
  • Repair and maintenance (revenue)
  • New staff posts
  • Professional fees (for example, legal costs)
  • Paid training placements
  • Costs to improve access to heritage
  • Activities to help strengthen the organisation
  • Costs associated with taking on new responsibility for heritage (for example, feasibility studies)
  • Full Cost Recovery
  • Digital outputs
  • Repair and conservation

How To Apply

All relevant document relating to priorities, application guidance, help notes and revised outcomes are available from the NLHF website. Applicants should read these documents before starting the application process.

Applications are submitted via the online portal on the NLHF website.

There are no deadlines for grants under £250,000. Decisions are usually conveyed within eight weeks of receipt of application and all correct supporting document.

The next deadlines for applications exceeding £250,000 are noon on:

24 February 2022, with decisions by the end of June 2022.
26 May 2022, with decisions by the end of September 2022.
11 August 2022, with decisions by the end of December 2022.
17 November 2022, with decisions by the end of March 2023.

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