Resilient Heritage

Grants from £3,000 to £250,000
Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000-£250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

More about this grant programme

We’re passionate about the difference our projects make for heritage, people and communities. We take account of the outcomes your project will achieve in our assessment. You can read about these in the application guidance.

We will assess your application within eight weeks. There are two levels of funding under this programme. If you are applying for a grant of £10,000 or less, the application, assessment and monitoring process will be simpler than for grants over £10,000.

If you are an established organisation, we strongly recommend that you include a diagnostic stage as part of your project planning using the online Resilient Heritage strength checker. This will help you to analyse how your organisation currently works and areas of strengths and weakness, to help identify what you need to address as part of your project.

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

When you need to apply

You can apply for grants anytime until 18 January 2019.

We will assess your application within eight weeks and it will then be discussed a monthly advisory meeting at your local HLF office. Following this meeting, a decision on your application will be made by the Head of your local HLF office, or a Deputy Director of Operations.


Sunderland’s 600-year-old ship building heritage is celebrated by the enthusiastic volunteers of Sunderland Maritime Heritage (SMH).

UKAPT supports the rescue and sustainable use of historic buildings. It was at risk of closure but this grant has helped the charity to modernise and become self-sufficient. 

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