15-Minute Heritage Grant Programme for local heritage in Wales re-opens to applications (application deadline: Monday 4 October 2021)

If you answer ‘yes’ to all 4 of the following questions, a 15-Minute Heritage Grant for local heritage in Wales could be for you:

1. Are you an organisation based in Wales?
2. Are you looking to connect people and communities with heritage on their doorstep?
3. Are you looking for a grant that would be mostly spent on purchasing equipment or capital work?
4 Do you require a grant of between £3,000 and £10,000?


The programme is based on a concept called the ‘15 minute city’, where everyone is able to meet most of their needs within just a short walk or cycle from their home.

It will support projects that benefit local people, by helping to connect communities with the heritage that’s on their doorstep. This can be critical for maintaining personal mental and physical wellbeing, especially after the lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) and The Heritage Fund first worked together in 2020 to launch the 15-Minute Heritage programme in Wales. It successfully funded 84 projects in each of Wales’ 22 local authority areas, from Anglesey to Aberdare, and from Goodwick to Gwynfi.

The aim of the 15-Minute Heritage Grant Programme is to support capital projects in Wales that:

o Help to connect communities with the heritage on their doorstep, and
o Deliver tangible outputs and benefits for local people.


An outcome is a result of what your project does. It’s a change that happens, rather than an activity or service you provide (which are outputs). The easiest way of describing an outcome is to explain how it is different from an output.

o The output of cooking dinner is a plate of food. The outcome is a full and satisfied person.
o The output of a teacher is a certain number of lessons delivered in a year. The outcome is happier, wiser students who are more able to succeed.


The Fund is offering grants of £3,000 to £10,000. The total budget for this funding programme is £360,000.

The fund will support:

o Not-for-profit organisations, including those already involved in the promotion of heritage at a community level, and projects led by public sector organisations . 
o Museums and other indoor venues or attractions with projects that explore the heritage outside their doors. 
o Community groups that are not heritage-based but wish to explore and interpret their local heritage by taking a closer look at what is on their doorsteps.
o Organisations in Wales (including not-for-profit) who care for historic buildings, sites and attractions that open their doors to visitors more than 28 days a year, such as historic places of worship, and the
o Private owners of heritage.

For further information, including details of how to apply, visit the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 October 2021 at 12 noon.

Image: some of the children involved in creating the Fernhill Colliery Heritage Trail.