Places of Worship and HLF Outcomes

Outcomes are changes, impacts, benefits or any effects that happen as a result of your project. We describe this as the difference we want your project to make. HLF uses a framework of 14 outcomes divided into three categories: heritage, people and communities. Under the Grants for Places of Worship programme applicants were encouraged to consider a particular set of outcomes but in the open programmes the options are increased significantly.

Outcomes for HERITAGE:

  • better managed
  • in better condition
  • better interpreted and explained
  • identified/recorded

Outcomes for PEOPLE:

  • developed skills
  • learnt about heritage
  • changed attitudes or behaviour
  • had an enjoyable experience
  • volunteered time

Outcomes for COMMUNITIES:

  • environmental impacts reduced
  • more / wider range of people engaged with heritage
  • local community a better place to live, work or visit
  • economy boosted
  • organisation more resilient

Different programmes can have different outcome requirements; for more information on the specific requirements of a programme please refer to the application guidance document. If you would like more information on what we are seeking to achieve through specific outcome read 'the difference we want your project to make'.

Benefits of the outcomes approach

Using an outcomes framework will:

  • provide a structure to help develop your project;
  • help you explain the difference your project will make if funded; and
  • provide a framework for measuring success and demonstrating impact.


The activity attached at the bottom of this post has been specially designed to help place of worship applicants understand outcomes and how they relate to their buildings and projects. HLF staff sometimes use this tool when we meet with potential applicants and we think that you might also find it useful to use with your project team when developing your own proposals, either before or after making contact with the HLF team in your local area.

The activity is simple; each page identifies a heritage-related issue and prompts you to think about the steps needed to solve it. What actions, activities and events will help you address the problem? What outcomes will you achieve?  In some cases you might be able to think of more than one outcome under each of the heritage, people and community outcomes. You should seek to achieve one outcome from each category.

Once you’ve considered the example issues, why not try applying the same activity to any other challenges that you would like to address.


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View Adam Tyson's profile Adam Tyson Sep 22 2017 - 4:41pm
  1. I recently gave a presentation about some of the grant programmes that might be of interest to congregations caring for places or workship at the Diocesan Advisory Committee conference held in the Diocese of Portsmouth in mid September.

    The presentation looks as how a selection of three case study projects successfully addressed HLF outcomes through their activities and might help potential applicants to think about how they can demonstrate the benefits that their projects will deliver.

    With grateful thanks to the NHMF Roof Repair Fund team who originally created some of the slides!


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