Sharing Heritage

Grants from £3,000 to £10,000
Sharing Heritage is Heritage Lottery Fund’s smallest grant programme. Grants range from £3,000 to £10,000 and is suitable for groups who have never applied to us before, as well as more experienced organisations.
Young people learning to play church bells at Plaistow Memorial Community Church

From recording personal memories to conserving wildlife, a Sharing Heritage grant can help communities discover and share their local heritage.

Our evaluation found that:

  • The skills developed as a result of the grant are wide ranging.  For staff these skills tended to be project management, organisational and people skills.  For volunteers the skills are often ‘softer skills’.
  • Volunteers are crucial to the success of the programme.  Large numbers of projects use volunteers.  They often bring specialist skills and a general commitment of time, enthusiasm and energy.
  • The impact of a ‘Sharing Heritage’ grant can be long lasting.  Most projects are able to demonstrate a degree of sustainability.  This is largely because of new skills being developed, new partnerships made, greater networking and a raising of the profile of the organisation.

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. We take account of the outcomes your project will achieve in our assessment – you can read about these in the application guidance. As a minimum, we expect a Sharing Heritage project to achieve at least one of the outcomes. You can apply quickly and easily, and we will assess your application within eight weeks.

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

There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime. Your application will be discussed at a monthly advisory meeting at your local Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) office. Following this meeting, a decision on your application will be made by the Head of your local HLF office.

However, we will be launching our new Funding Framework early in 2019 and will therefore not be accepting applications under this programme after 18 January 2019.


Big Heritage CIC, a heritage social enterprise, in partnership with postgraduates from the University of Chester, worked with residents

The celebrations included regattas as well as an exhibition of the club’s history.  Awareness of the club’s heritage was raised through

Thinking Film trains young people in film-making skills, helping local people explore and share their own experiences of Merseyside.

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