The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced that it plans to make £3.6 billion available through grants up to and including 2033 under its new ten-year strategy.
These have had a ceiling of £5million for over 20 years, which it acknowledges has limited opportunities for some initiatives to come forward.
From this year, it will introduce a higher investment threshold of £10 million to allow for larger-scale investment and will also consider investing in projects above this threshold to support ‘truly exceptional heritage projects’ across the UK. It plans to adapt its investment thresholds and approach throughout the 10-year strategy to respond to heritage needs and requirements.
Its investments, decisions, and partnerships going forward will be underpinned by four key principles:
1. Saving heritage
2. Protecting the environment.
3. Inclusion, access and participation, and
4. Organisational sustainability.
Among its aims, by 2033 the National Lottery Heritage Fund wants to have put landscapes and habitats into recovery and improved heritage’s ability to adapt to climate change. It also wants to have increased diversity of heritage workforces and audiences, and reduced barriers for people under-served by heritage.
Details on how it will deliver its 10-year strategy will be published through 3-year delivery plans which will include: open programmes for all types of heritage projects with the majority of decisions made at local level, and a focus on place, landscape and nature, heritage in need and responding to opportunities and emergencies.
The funder has also revealed news on its latest funding round, which has seen more than £24 million awarded to heritage projects across the UK in development and delivery funding and grant increases.
o Crystal Palace Park, London – £304,000 development funding towards a proposed £5m regeneration project to help restore the park’s Tidal Lakes, home of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, and create a new dinosaur-themed playground and information centre.
o Gardeners’ House in Penzance, Cornwall – over £2mn to create a new green community hub in West Cornwall, repurposing a historic stable block to encourage environmental education and wellbeing.
o The John O’Groats Mill, Scotland – awarded almost £1.6mn to restore the mill as an economic and social driver of the community.
o The Hilden Mill School, in Lisburn, Northern Ireland – £834,000 to transform its disused building into a tearoom and childcare facilities for local families. The site will also be used to promote the social and economic role of mills, and
o The Trinity Centre in Cardiff, Wales – £892,000 for wide ranging improvements to the former Methodist church. The project will support the work of 24 different groups based there.
For further information about the National Lottery Heritage Fund and its available funding, please visit its website.
Source: UK Fundraising