Heritage Grants

Grants from £100,000 to £5,000,000
Whether you want to rescue a historic building, breathe new life into a collection or record people’s stories, Heritage Grants can help with awards over £100,000.
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

The Heritage Grants programme is for larger heritage projects of any kind.

With our help you could set up an archaeological dig, preserve a historic place of worship, help people learn long-lost traditional skills, look after rare species and habitats, and much more.

Applications go through a two-round process. This is so you can apply at an early stage of planning your project and get an idea of whether it’s likely to be funded. Then you can send us your detailed proposals. At the first round you can also ask for funding to develop your project.

More about this grant programme

We’re passionate about the difference our projects make for heritage, people and communities. That’s why we assess applications against a set of outcomes. Read about these in the application guidance.

There are some additional documents we highly recommend you read:

This essential reading can all be found on our Guidance for applying page.

If you've got a question about applying, or delivering your project, join in our Online Community to get advice from grantees who've already been there and done it themselves.

When you need to apply

Decisions before December 2018

Grant requests over £100,000 and under £1million (including development funding)

First-round applications are assessed within three months, after which funding decisions are made at the next quarterly decision meeting. To find out when the meetings are, and when you're likely to get a decision, see the Application deadlines and funding decisions for your area.

Please note: the last deadline for applications for all grants over £100,000 under our current Strategic Framework will be 16 August 2018 for a decision in November or December 2018.

Second-round submissions must be received up to 24 months after the first-round decision. They are also assessed within three months, after which a decision is made at the next quarterly decision meeting for your area.

Grant requests of over £1m and under £5m (including any development funding)

First- or second-round applications and all supporting materials must be received by:

  • 15 March 2018 for a decision in June 2018
  • 14 June 2018 for a decision in September 2018
  • 16 August 2018 for a decision in December 2018

Decisions in 2019

Heritage Lottery Fund is currently consulting on and developing its strategic funding framework for 2019 onwards.

Between the end of December 2018 and March 2019 HLF will not be accepting any first round applications for decision. Second round applications will be accepted. Final deadlines for applications for decision in 2019/20 will be published when this work is complete.

As a rough guide to assist planning for those currently developing applications we expect that the deadline for receiving applications and supporting material will be:

Grant requests of over £1m and under £5m (including any development funding)

  • 4 December 2018 for a decision in March 2019 – only second round applications to be accepted
  • 1 March 2019 for a decision in June 2019
  • 4 June 2019 for a decision in September 2019
  • 1 August 2019 for a decision in December 2019

Second-round applications and supporting materials must be received by one of the dates set out above for grant requests of £1m - £5m. Second-round applications can be submitted up to 24 months after first-round approval.

Later dates for second round applications to be agreed with your local office.

Grant requests of £5m and over

We are not funding grants requests of £5m and over (Major Batch) in 2019.

Second round applications for grant requests of £5m and over should use the above dates. Second-round applications can be submitted up to 24 months after first-round approval.


Front view of The Station, Richmond Credit: Front view of The Station, Richmond

A volunteer-run charity acquired Grade II* listed Richmond Station in North Yorkshire and transformed it into a self-sustaining heritage and leisure attraction for the local community.

Responding to an identified skills shortage within the heritage sector and drawing on its expertise as a youth charity supporting young

The project coincided with the celebrations for the birth of Portsmouth’s famous literary son, Charles Dickens.

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