How To Apply
Two young women looking at a framed photograph during the Hanging Out project. Photo Damian Walker

Open programmes 

Open programmes are rolling programmes with no fixed deadlines. We also have two additional strands - find out more about our Targeted programmes and Special initiatives. We will also be assessing projects against the range of outcomes that we want to achieve with our funding.

Sharing Heritage

Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage. Activities we can support include events, exhibitions, festivals and celebrations, or producing local history publications, conservation of individual heritage items, volunteer training and support.

From April 2013, Start-up grants will also be available to community groups taking responsibility for heritage, to create the right constitutional framework (including the costs of professional advice on legal forms and governance structures) and to assess options in arriving at a strategy for managing the heritage. They may then make a further application for a grant for a project focused on their heritage.

Grants: £3,000 - £10,000
Apply from: Feb 2013
Deadline: None
Decision: 8 weeks
Rounds: 1

Find out more about our Sharing Heritage programme.

Our Heritage

The Our Heritage programme supports all types of heritage projects. For example, smaller parks and green spaces, community buildings, museum collections and archives as well as activity projects exploring languages, cultures and memories.

We will accept applications from private individuals or commercial; 'for profit' organisations for physical work to heritage under this programme.

From April 2013, Transition funding will be available to organisations who have previously received HLF investment, to review their strategies and business plans and, where necessary with mentor support, identify ways of achieving greater sustainability.

Grants: £10,000 - £100,000
Apply from: Feb 2013
Deadline: None
Decision: 8 weeks
Rounds: 1

Find out more about our Our Heritage programme.

Heritage Grants

This is our open programme for grants over £100,000 for all types of heritage projects. There is a development period after a successful first-round application during which we may offer mentor support or a development grant.

Heritage Grants
Grants: £100,000 to £5m
Apply from: Feb 2013
Deadline: See FAQs below
Decision: 12 weeks
Rounds: 2

Heritage Grants Major Batch
Grants: £5m or more
Apply from: Oct 2012
Deadline: 30 Nov 2012
Decision: April 2013
Rounds: 2

Find out more about the Heritage Grants programme.