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Heritage Lottery Fund

South West Office, Third Floor, Balliol House, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1NP
01392 223 950

About us

Using money raised from the National Lottery, HLF funds a wide variety of heritage focussed projects including wildlife, archives and community traditions. They are interested in hearing about projects from across the South West of England that help people to enjoy and engage with, learn about and conserve their heritage. A wide variety of funding programmes are available with the smallest awards starting at £3,000. Grants can support a broad range of heritage projects and there are also schemes which are targeted at specific types of heritage, such as urgent repairs for places of worship, and restoring public parks.

We offer

We offer a range of grant programmes, awarding grants upwards of £3,000. We want to support innovative as well as tried-and-tested approaches, and welcome proposals that are pioneering in concept and delivery. Our programmes: 

Sharing Heritage (£3,000 to £10,000) 
The Sharing Heritage programme is for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK.

Our Heritage (£10,000 to £100,000) 
The Our Heritage programme is for any type of project related to national, regional or local heritage in the UK. 

Heritage Grants (Grants of over £100,000) 
This is our open programme for grants over £100,000, for any type of project related to the national, regional, or local heritage in the UK. 

Young Roots (£10,000 to £50,000) 
The Young Roots programme is for projects that engage young people with heritage in the UK. 

First World War: then and now (£3,000 to £10,000) 
First World War: then and now provides grants for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War. 

Heritage Enterprise (£100,000 to £5million) 
Heritage Enterprise supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential.

Start-up grants (£3,000 - £10,000) 
Start-up grants are for anyone thinking about creating a new organisation to look after or engage people with heritage, or existing groups taking on new responsibilities for heritage. 

Transition funding (£10,000 to £100,000) 
Transition funding is available to organisations in the UK who want to achieve significant strategic change in order to become more resilient and sustain improved management of heritage for the long term. 

Townscape Heritage (£100,000 to £2million) 
The Townscape Heritage programme is for schemes which help communities improve the built historic environment of conservation areas in need of investment across the UK. 

Parks for People (£100,000 to £5million) 
Parks for People is for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK.

Landscape Partnerships (£100,000 to £3million) 
The programme is for schemes led by partnerships of local, regional and national interests which aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character throughout the UK. 

Grants for Places of Worship (£10,000 to £250,000) 
The Grants for Places of Worship programme is for projects that involve urgent structural repairs to places of worship that are at risk. As part of a repair project we can also fund work to encourage greater community use and engagement. 

Catalyst (Various) 
The Catalyst grants initiatives form part of a broader partnership initiative between HLF, DCMS and Arts Council England (ACE). 

Collecting Cultures (£50,000 to £500,000) 
Collecting Cultures is an initiative which supports museums, libraries and archives to develop their collections through strategic acquisition projects. 

Skills for the Future (£100,000 to £1million) 
Skills for the Future funds projects which provide training placements to meet skills shortages in the heritage sector, and fully support trainees to learn practical skills.

We support

  • Avon
  • Money
  • Investment
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset



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