Heritage Lottery Funding

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) commits around £375m to invest each year towards heritage projects. Since 1994 National Lottery players have raised £34billion for projects across the UK. HLF have awarded £6.8billion to over 39,000 projects since 1994.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) which was given the responsibility of distributing a share of money raised through the National Lottery for Good Causes, to heritage across the UK.

The NHMF is a non-departmental public body accountable to Parliament via the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport .

The NHMF was set up in 1980 using the remaining funds of the National Land Fund which had originally been established to acquire land and buildings as a war memorial. The NHMF also gives non-lottery grants to acquire maintain and preserve land, buildings and objects of outstanding interest.

Lottery grants are given to projects that sustain and transform a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy.

Through grant-making the HLF aims to:

  • conserve the UK's diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy;
  • help more people, and a wider range of people, to take an active part in and make decisions about their heritage;
  • help people to learn about their own and other people's heritage.

The HLF has a range of grant programmes, awarding grants upwards of £3,000 to support innovative as well as tried-and-tested approaches, and welcomes proposals that are pioneering in concept and delivery.

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