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Funding is clearly a significant and important issue in the sustainable management of the historic environment.

There are various sources of funding for heritage projects; for example:

The Heritage Alliance runs a Directory of sources of support, financial and otherwise, for anyone taking on a heritage project.

In this page we will cover a range of funding issues, varying the focus of this coverage throughout the year. The current funding focus is on tourism.

Visit England

The first phase of the successful applicants to receive year one funding from the Discover England Fund have been announced by Visit Britain.  A range of projects have been funded, including for example growing new audiences for England’s Heritage Product linked with Heritage Cities.

This represents the first phase of a three year funding programme. News about years 2 and 3 is available here. Whilst the deadline has passed for expressions of interest in two-year large scale collaborative projects, more details associated with one-year projects and pilots will be available in early 2017.

Heritage Lottery Fund

In addition to the HLF grants mentioned at the top of this page, note that research on the economic impact of UK heritage tourism economy is available on the HLF website. The HLF reports published in 2010, 2013 and 2016, complement the data published in Heritage Counts by Historic England.

Small-scale tourism infrastructure grants

Rural businesses can apply for Growth Programme Grants to fund small-scale tourism infrastructure projects. The projects most likely to get funding are those which help farm diversification and the rural economy by: creating new jobs; developing high-quality visitor products and services; linking tourism providers; extending the tourism season; and encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more.

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