Where we are working

We believe all communities should benefit from Lottery funding for heritage. We have offices across the UK, and we've supported projects from Orkney and Northern Ireland’s Mourne coast to Pembrokeshire and the white cliffs of Dover.

Priority development areas

We’ve had fewer applications for funding from some places and communities in the UK. That’s why we’ve adopted them as priority development areas. Local organisations don't receive automatic funding, but our development officers work with groups in these areas to help them plan good projects and apply.

East Midlands

From place names that evoke Viking settlements to the world's first factory, from rural Lincolnshire to the Peak District, you'll find a fantastic range of heritage right here in the heart of England.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Boston

For further information or events in Boston please contact our development team on 0115 934 9050. Boston was one of Medieval England’s most important ports. Whether exploring the rich archaeology or conserving historic buildings, we want to help more people discover the town’s heritage.  Find out about the Hussey Tower project

Derby

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There’s so much heritage to explore, from peregrines nesting at Derby Cathedral to the stories of local African-Caribbean communities. Find out about the Peregrines, people and places project

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East of England

From the stunning natural landscapes that inspired Gainsborough and Constable, to the bustle of post-war New Towns, the rich heritage in the East of England has something for everyone. Whether celebrating the diversity of our vibrant local traditions or discovering remarkable stories locked away in archives, the projects we fund help people to discover and enjoy their heritage, giving a real sense of belonging.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Castle Point

Please contact the development team on 01223 224 870. From bug walks in Canvey Wick to exploring the history of Benfleet Creek Swimming Club, there are so many ways to celebrate heritage in Castle Point. Find out about the South Essex Community Archive

Hertfordshire (Broxbourne, Three Rivers and Watford)

Please contact the development team on 01223 224 870.​ There’s a range of heritage to conserve and share in this area, from stories of Caribbean communities settling in the 1950s to wetland habitats important for wildlife.  Read about Emancipation 1838

Luton

Please contact the development team on 01223 224 870.​ Little-known stories, like the role of Luton’s Irish community, are just waiting to be uncovered. Is there a piece of Luton heritage you want to bring to light? Find out about Catching the Boat

Fens

Please contact the development team on 01223 224 870.​ We helped to transform the Manea Pit and the Lost Bishop’s Palace at Wisbech Castle. And we’re looking to support more projects that conserve the heritage of the Fens. Read about the Family Adams Project (FAP)

Thurrock

Please contact the development team on 01223 224 870.​ From Tilbury docks to Coalhouse Fort Park, Thurrock’s heritage is a snapshot of England’s past. Read about Mobile Explorer

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London

Think London's heritage is found only in the British Museum or iconic buildings like the Tower of London? Think again! Heritage is all around – from the Wandle Valley to the broadcasting studios of Alexandra Palace, from the Lea Valley’s pioneering industrial factories to the history of Brixton’s Caribbean community.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

 

Priority development areas

Barking and Dagenham

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The ruins of Barking Abbey, Ford’s 1931 factory and the historic green spaces that form much of London’s green belt are just some examples of local heritage. Read about the Valence House Redevelopment project

Bromley

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London’s biggest borough is home to Charles Darwin’s house, diverse museum collections, Crystal Palace’s dinosaurs, and wildlife-rich chalky grassland. What heritage will you uncover in Bromley? Find out about the Lubbocks Landscape project

Hounslow

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Historic mansions and parks such as Gunnersbury and Chiswick, industrial infrastructure that supplied London’s water, and medieval churches abound in a borough rich in both build and natural heritage… Read about Lifting the Curtain

Merton

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Settled since Roman times, Merton is home to a rich industrial heritage that supported the local textiles industries apple orchards. It’s also famous worldwide for its sporting heritage – from Mitcham’s historic cricket ground to tennis at Wimbledon. Find out more about Merton Memories

Waltham Forest

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Birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock and cradle of the Arts and Crafts movement, Waltham Forest is also where you’ll find London’s largest planned urban wetland reserve. Find out about the local RSPB project

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North East

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nationally renowned parks complement a rich history. From Hadrian’s Wall, the flight of the Lindisfarne monks, ancient castles and cathedrals, and the warring Prince Bishops, to the coal-mining industry, the birth of the railways, and the invention of the light bulb...  All of these and more make up the diverse heritage of the North East.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

North Tyneside

Email the Development Officer

Whether recalling beach holidays in Whitley Bay or researching the lives of First World War soldiers, we can fund a huge range of heritage projects in North Tyneside. Find out about A Day on the Beach

Sunderland

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From the Victorian shipbuilding industry to the diverse communities settling here in the 1960s, you can bring to life the city’s history with a heritage project. Find out about the Barnes Park project

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North West

The cities, towns and the villages at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, the majestic fells of the Lake District, the stories of their diverse communities… We're passionate about heritage in the North West, and we want to help everyone explore it.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Liverpool

(Anfield, Belle Vale, Clubmoor, County, Everton, Fazakerley, Fairfield, Kensington, Old Swan, Picton, Speke-Garston and Warbreck)

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From the stories of Garston dock workers to the names inscribed on headstones in Anfield Cemetery, the different areas of Liverpoolhold a wealth of heritage. Find out about the Pass on the Memories project

Manchester

(Baguley, Burnage, Chorlton Park, Gorton North, Gorton South, Longsight, Northenden, Rusholme, Sharston and Woodhouse Park)

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We’re helping people discover local stories from one of the first race relations activists and pioneers who was from Rusholme to the creation of Wythenshawe Estate in the 1920s. Read about the Gorton 100 project

Penine Lancashire

(Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle or Rossendale)

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Pennine Lancashire is well known for its textile mills, but dig a little deeper and you’ll uncover stories of brewing, shoe-making, and witches and a rich pre-historic past. Read about 2010 - One Hundred Years of The Empire Theatre at Ewood, Blackburn

West Coast of Cumbria

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From the wildlife on Walney Island and the working lives of mining communities to local traditions and ancient monuments, we’re supporting local people to delve into their heritage. Find out about The Cooke's Building project

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Northern Ireland

There's much more to heritage here than Belfast’s legendary Titanic quarter. How about the rich wildlife of the Balinderry River or the causeway built by a mythical giant? Walk the historic streets of Derry~Londonderry, delve into the traditions of South Asian communities, and explore Northern Ireland's heritage in every shape and form.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Fermanagh and Omagh

From training in traditional hedge-laying to reviving Enniskillen Castle, we’re helping people get hands-on with local heritage. Find out about the Omagh Hedgerow Heritage Initiative

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon

The projects we fund have shared memories of Portadown Foundry, revealed village history and refurbished Armagh Mall, boosting local pride. What heritage will you explore? Find about Rings of Time

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Scotland

From Orkney's archaeological treasures and our stunning Highland landscapes, to the industrial past of the Clyde and literary heritage of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland's heritage offers much to explore.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Dumfries and Galloway

Please contact us at scotland@hlf.org.uk or call 0131 225 9450

The heritage of south-west Scotland can be found everywhere from the vibrant coastline and landscapes to its castles and historic houses. Find out about the Machars Archaeological Project

West Dunbartonshire

Please contact Louise at louiseh@hlf.org.uk or call 0131 240 1583

Heritage here spans industry, nature, and much more – from the Singer sewing-machine factory and production of Turkey Red dyed yarn to landmarks like the Titan crane and Dumbarton Rock. Find out about the Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery

West Lothian

Please contact Megan at Megan.Braithwaite@hlf.org.uk or call 0131 240 1586

Explore thousands of years of history at the Cairnpapple Hill Bronze-age burial site, Linlithgow: Mary Queen of Scots’ birthplace, landscapes changed by shale- and coal-mining, and the 1960s new town of Livingston. Find out about Life is for Livingston - 50 years of new town life

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South East England

England's most populous region is home to heritage as wide-randing as Oxford's spires and the Roman remains under the streets of Milton Keynes. Huguenots seeking refuge here in the 16th century, Hastings Pier and the Isle of Wight's landscapes are just part of the area's history.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Coastal West Sussex (Arun, Adur and Worthing)

Email Graeme McKirdy, Development Officer

Whether you want to explore Victorian seaside resorts and beautiful landscapes or reveal a little-known local story, we want to hear from you! Find out about the Speaking Up for Disability project

East Kent (Thanet, Dover and Shepway)

Email Graeme McKirdy, Development Officer

An important gateway to Britain, East Kent’s history is closely linked to its ports and the railways. Discover the historic coalfields, conserve wildlife habitats, or bring a local tradition back to life. Find out about Up on the Downs: the White Cliffs Landscape Partnership Scheme

North Kent (Dartford, Gravesham, Medway and Swale)

Email Sandra Martin, Development Officer

There’s more to the area than beautiful landscapes and scenery. How about delving into the history of major industries like paper-making and aircraft construction? Find out about Local Heritage for Dartford Forest School

South East Hampshire (Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth)

Email Sandra Martin, Development Officer

Portsmouth and Gosport’s proud maritime history, the rich archaeology of Havant, the ports that launched the D-Day invasion. Together they tell the story of South East Hampshire’s past. What heritage will you explore? Find out about The Handel Organ Restoration and Heritage Outreach Project

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South West

Landmarks like Stonehenge and Bristol's ss Great Britain stand alongside historic tin mines, fishing villages, seaside resorts and stunning nature reserves. Together they tell the story of the region's proud industrial, natural and cultural past. What heritage will your project explore?

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Bournemouth

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Two centuries ago this area was still heathland used for grazing cattle and hunting. Explore the town’s history, from the first holiday home in 1812 through celebrity visitors like Elgar and Holst to the impact of German bombing raids. Read about Bournemouth in Wartime Exhibition

Christchurch

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Home to Highcliffe Castle and an annual regatta, Christchurch once teemed with savvy smugglers and served as a key Second World War airbase. Find out about Highcliffe Castle

East Dorset

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Explore the diverse local heritage, from Cranbourne Chase and Dorset heaths to Renaissance architecture in Wimbourne Minster and Verwood’s historic pottery industry. Read about The Parish Archive Project

Poole

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Iron Age settlers, Roman and Viking invaders, and wool and fish traders all helped to make Poole the town we know today. Read about 1944 We Were Here: African American GIs in Dorset

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Wales

Whether bringing to light the story of Dylan Thomas, helping people walk in the footsteps of Blaenavon's miners, or monitoring rare ospreys, heritage projects are making a difference across Wales.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Bridgend Borough 

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From beautiful coastal landscapes and historic buildings to horse-drawn railways and local heroes like political thinker Richard Price, explore the breadth of heritage in Bridgend. Read about Bridgend Townscape Heritage Initiative Phase II

Conwy Borough

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We’ve helped local people restore a hundred-year-old Morecombe Bay Prawner and record memories of Dwygyfylchi primary school. What heritage do you care about? Read about One hundred years of Ysgol Capelulo

Flintshire

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From sharing experiences of the Treuddyn Urdd to learning about local novelist Daniel Owen, we can support all kinds of heritage projects in Flintshire. Find out about the Treuddyn Urdd Project

Newport

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A Bronze Age fishing settlement, key 19th-century coal port, home of the Transporter Bridge… Newport is all of these and more, so delve into local heritage! Read about the 'Education through Restoration’ Cefn Flight of Fourteen Locks Restoration (Phase One)

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West Midlands

The stories of diverse communities, stunning landscapes in Shropshire and the last court of back-to-back housing in Birmingham are just a few examples of the heritage we've helped to save for the future.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Birmingham Wards

(Perry Barr, Oscott, Handsworth Wood, Lozells & East Handsworth, Aston, Soho, Ladywood and Nechells)

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Between the middle ages and the 18th century, Birmingham had grown from a medieval market town into a major centre of the Industrial Revolution. Delve back into the history of these wards, from their medieval origins through the industrial revolution to the communities who live here today. Read about Journey from Bangladesh to Birmingham

Newcastle-under-Lyme

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From Roman soldiers to coal-mining and iron casting – which part of Newcastle heritage will you explore? Find out about Chesterton Vision - A classroom with a view

Sandwell

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Whether it’s the history of Black Country corner shops or Smethwick’s industrial past, we are helping people get closer to their local heritage. Read about Out of Africa

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Yorkshire and the Humber

Heritage here demonstrates how each generation has left its own distinct imprint. From South Yorkshire’s mix of beautiful houses, landscape and raw industry, to diverse cultures in Huddersfield and Bradford; and let us not forget the heather-covered moors, Hull and Grimsby's maritime industry and the towering York Minster, where stone carvers are building up skills to help return the building to its original glory.

Help with your application

If you would like to make an application, first read the application guidance for the programme you want to apply under and take a look at other available resources, such as guidance for applying and project examples. These will help you develop your ideas.

If you’re applying for a small grant under £10,000 for Sharing Heritage you can then send in your online application. For other programmes you can send us a funding enquiry first. We’ll give you feedback and suggest where you can find more help before you complete your full application.

Application deadlines

You can apply to some of our grant programmes at any time. Others have application deadlines. Find out what these are on the Application deadlines and funding decisions page.

Priority development areas

Doncaster

Email: Y&Hdevelopment@hlf.org.uk

From medieval castles and country houses to nature reserves, confectionery tales and proud sporting history, there is more to Doncaster’s heritage than meets the eye. Find out about the History of Doncaster's Working Men's Clubs

North and North East Lincolnshire

Email: Y&Hdevelopment@hlf.org.uk

Dotted with historic churches, windmills and abbeys, the area is also the birthplace of Methodism and modern schooling. What local heritage do you want to explore? Find out about the project, The Carnival is Over

Selby

Email: Y&Hdevelopment@hlf.org.uk

Discover Selby’s ship-building industry, its architecture, archaeology or nature reserves. Read about the North Duffield Historic Landscape Project

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