NLHF Heritage grants reopening
Now, more than ever, I believe that heritage has to demonstrate its economic contribution and value to our national life and support for the recovery of our local economies and communities.
That’s why, through our heritage funding and support ahead, we will prioritise projects that:
· boost the local economy
· provide job creation and encourage skills development
· support local health and wellbeing
· encourage rebuilding community cohesion
And critically, we will want all the project partners we work with to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans.
Ros Kerslake, CEO, The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Phase 2 of the reopening of the Heritage grants programme begins on February 8th and would-be applicants are likely to have to address at least one of the priorities above. There are two streams available grants from £100,000 to £250,000 and £250,000 to £5m. Guidance has yet to be issued but it is likely that the former stream will be a two-stage process as previously – expression of interest followed by application – and the latter three stages expression of interest, followed by two stages of application with a development period in the middle. However, we will have to wait and see but watch this space in the next week or so.
It is not clear whether phase 1 of the reopening of grants will continue, although it is likely it will in some form, and the NLHF have said that any good applications to this may be carried over to the next period. From November grants have been available, from £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000 for projects with an emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.
For more information about the programmes, here is the link https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/national-lottery-grants-heritage