Start-up Grants

Grants from £3,000 to £10,000
This programme has now closed. From 28 July you will be able to apply for a grant of £3,000-£10,000 for activities currently supported through Start-up Grants through our new Resilient Heritage programme.

Start-up Grants can help in the early stages of planning your activities. If your group isn't formally constituted yet, our funding can help you put in place the governance structure that's right for you.

If you are further along in your development, we can help you explore ways to manage and sustain your heritage in the future. You could research how local people want the heritage to be used, and train group members in relevant skills. You could also use Start-up Grants funding for early scoping work to inform a future application for project funding.

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.

The application form is short and straightforward. 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.

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