The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Heritage Grant Scheme provides grants of over £100,000 to not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations for any project relating to national, regional and local heritage. Organisations eligible to apply include community or voluntary groups; Community Interest Companies; charities or trusts; social enterprises; community/parish councils; local authorities; other public-sector organisations, such as nationally funded museums.
Heritage projects may include:
- Archaeological sites
- Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
- Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes
- Historic buildings
- Histories of people and communities
- Histories of places and events; etc.
Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process, this offers organisations time to apply at an early stage of planning their project and to get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they send a proposal in greater detail.
The last deadline for applications for all grants over £100,000 under the current Strategic Framework will be 16 August 2018 for a decision in November or December 2018.
For grant requests of over £1m and under £5m (including any development funding) the next deadline to apply is 14th June 2018 for a decision in September 2018.
Projects supported in the past include a grant of £730,000 to the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust Limited to transform Richmond Station in North Yorkshire into a self-sustaining heritage and leisure attraction for the local community.
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