The grants programme was not due to reopen until 2021, but the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has announced that a phased reopening of project funding will begin in late November 2020:
Phase 1 – applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 will be accepted starting from 25 November 2020. This will provide some much-needed financial assistance, particularly to those heritage sector organisations who have, so far, been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds. NLHF will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.
Phase 2 – applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5 million will be accepted starting from 8 February 2021. This will mark a return to NLHF’s core business, but NLHF will not be returning to pre-COVID-19 “business as usual” in its approach.
Priority will be given to projects that:
Boost the local economy
Provide job creation and encourage skills development
Support local health and wellbeing
Encourage rebuilding community cohesion
Project partners must demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans.
Phase 1 will be open to applications from:
Non-profits and partnerships led by non-profit organisations for grants of £3,000 to £5 million.
Private owners of heritage for grants of up to £100,000.
Phase 1 applications will be accepted from 25 November 2020.