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Who we are and what we do
The National Lottery – and with it Lottery funding for good causes like heritage, the arts, sport and charities – was established in 1994.
Responsibility for the UK-wide distribution of National Lottery proceeds allocated to heritage was given to the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). The Lottery-distribution arm of NHMF became known as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Today we are a non-departmental public body accountable to Parliament via the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This means that, although we are not a government department, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport issues financial and policy directions to us, and we report to Parliament through the department. Our decisions about individual grant applications and our policies are entirely independent of the Government.
We operate across the UK with offices in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. We have offices in England in the South East, South West, London, East of England, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, North East and North West.
Each of our offices across the UK is led by a Head of Region/Nation who looks after the processing of applications in their area. They are also responsible for outreach and other activities in their nation or region, and make decisions on grant requests up to £100,000.
Our management board oversees our day-to-day activities and makes sure our strategic framework is implemented. The management board is chaired by our Chief Executive, Ros Kerslake.
How we make decisions
Grants of over £2 million are made by our Board of Trustees. Grants between £100,000 and £2 million are delegated to our UK wide Committees. Grants below £100,000 are delegated to heads of region.
Schedule of decisions and minutes from our Board of Trustees and our Committees and Heads of Region are published on our website 20 working days after the meeting took place.
The application guidance for each programme lists the criteria and outcomes that a project will be judged against.
What we spend and how we spend it
The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) is a fund of last resort to save items of outstanding importance to the nation’s heritage that are either at risk or possess a marked memorial character. The Fund is given grant aid by central government in order to create a memorial to those who have given their lives for the United Kingdom.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the lottery-distribution arm of the NHMF.
- Information on grants we have made
- Information on tenders, contracts over 10,000k, invoice payment statistics and senior staff expenses
- Our business plans
What our priorities are and how we are doing
We are committed to ensuring that all communities across the UK benefit from National Lottery funding whilst recognising and responding to local priorities.
Our annual accounts include information about the range of heritage that HLF has helped to save throughout the years
Our policies and procedures
The following policies and procedures are available on our website
Lists and registers
The services we offer: