How To Apply
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Catalyst: Endowments 

This programme closed to applications on 31 December 2012.

Catalyst: Endowments is a £35m investment in a match-funding initiative for the creation of endowments to support the UK’s heritage from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

In the forthcoming round of Catalyst: Endowments, there is a total of £7.5million available. You can apply for a Catalyst: Endowments grant of either £500,000 or £1 million, to be matched £1:£1 by private donations you raise.


This initiative is intended to achieve the following 

  • Additional private money in the heritage sector
  • A significant growth in endowments, invested to provide sustainable funding for heritage organisations in the long term

The difference we want to make 

Applications under this initiative are expected to achieve both of the following outcomes:

Outcomes for heritage

With our investment, heritage will be:

  • Better managed

Outcomes for communities

With our investment:

  • Your organisation will be more resilient

Who we fund 

To be funded under this initiative, you must:

  • Be an organisation – or an active participant in a collaborating group of organisations – that we are currently funding or have funded in the past. Current HLF grantees are eligible to apply for a Catalyst: Endowment to run alongside their current project
  • Have a constitution or other governing document of your organisation which enables the operation of an endowment fund that meets the requirements of the guidance.

Application process 

If you want to apply, you must register online by 31 December 2012 and send us a project enquiry form.

Once we have received your enquiry form, we will release the application form to you which you will need to complete and submit, along with supporting documents, by 28 February 2013. Awards will be made in May 2013.

Current projects 

In June 2012 we awarded £27.5m to 18 heritage organisations to help them to build their endowments.

View the full list of successful Catalyst: Endowments applicants.



Holburne Museum of Art 

Catalyst: Endowments 

Application materials

Essential reading

Good-practice guidance

We provide a range of good-practice guidance to help you plan and deliver your heritage project.

Find more projects

Discover more about projects previously funded through this programme.