In its new Strategic Funding Framework, released on Monday 4 February, the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has announced plans to commit more than £1bn of National Lottery money to heritage projects between now and 2024, and to ensure that 80 per cent of its funding decisions would be made locally rather than nationally.
The framework was developed after a consultation with more than 13,000 people, including National Lottery players and heritage organisations, on what the fund’s priorities should be.
The new approach will include a major focus on nature, communities and ensuring everyone can enjoy heritage, which were named as the top three priorities by those consulted.
The Fund will also offer loans as well as grants for the first time over the next 5 years, although loans and social investments are expected to be “a relatively small part” of its funding portfolio compared with grants.
The fund’s National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme, for any type of heritage project seeking between £3,000 and £5m, is open for applications now. For more information, visit the NLHF website.
Heritage funding campaigns designed to fulfil strategic needs or funding gaps, such as capabilities and helping organisations build their capacity and organisational resilience, will open later in the year. There will be two rounds of major grants of more than £5 million in 2020/21 and 2022/23.