About Us
Three school girls with clipboards sitting on the rocks at Giant’s Causeway

About us 

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage through innovative investment in projects with a lasting impact on people and places. As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, with around £375million a year to invest in new projects and a considerable body of knowledge, we are also a leading advocate for the value of heritage to modern life. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our heritage. Since 1994, HLF has supported over 36,500 projects allocating more than £6billion across the UK.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) which was given the responsibility of distributing a share of money raised through the National Lottery for Good Causes, to heritage across the UK, in 1994. We are a non-departmental public body accountable to Parliament via the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. For further details on this, and a link to the separate work of the NHMF, please read more about Our background.

HLF celebrates years of investment and collaborative work across the UK, sustaining and transforming our heritage. This short film visits nine projects across the UK illustrating the wide range of heritage and activities that HLF can support. It gives a flavour of how HLF funding has been used and the inspirational work of our grant recipients.

Transcript for our corporate film (PDF, 157KB)

Main contact address

7 Holbein Place

Phone: 020 7591 6000
Fax: 020 7591 6001
Email: enquire@hlf.org.uk