Heritage Lottery Fund: Sharing Heritage Grant

National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF)

Grant amount: £3,000 - £10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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

Sharing Heritage provides grants for small-scale heritage projects. This is the Heritage Lottery Fund’s smallest grant programme, and is suitable for groups who have never applied to us before, as well as more experienced organisations. Under Sharing Heritage, we can fund lots of different types of projects. There are no application deadlines for this programme – apply anytime.

We fund projects which focus on heritage. Heritage includes many different things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations, for example:

  • archaeological sites
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes
  • historic buildings
  • histories of people and communities
  • histories of places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • natural and designed landscapes and gardens
  • people’s memories and experiences(often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history
  • natural heritage including habitats, species and geology

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Under this programme, we fund applications from:
    • not-for-profit organisations; and
    • partnerships led by not-for- profit organisations.
  • Here are some examples of who we fund:
    • charities or trusts
    • community or voluntary groups
    • community/parish councils
    • Community Interest Companies
    • local authorities
    • other public sector organisations, such as nationally funded museums
    • social enterprises
  • We fund projects that:
    • make a difference to people, heritage and communities in the UK
    • have not yet started; and
    • will last for no more than one year.
  • As a minimum, we expect a Sharing Heritage project to achieve at least one of the outcomes.
  • Direct project costs:
    • Your application should include all costs that are directly incurred as a result of the project.
    • Here are some examples of direct project costs:
      • paying someone to manage the project or help with your project accounts;
      • extra hours for a member of staff;
      • equipment and materials;
      • training;
      • running activities which engage people with heritage;
      • promoting your project to a wider audience.


  • Direct project costs do not include:
    • the cost of existing staff time; or
    • existing organisational costs. 
  • You cannot include costs for money you have already spent.
  • We cannot fund all of the good-quality applications that we receive. As a guide, the following are unlikely to win support:
    • projects based outside the UK
    • projects where the main focus is meeting your legal and/or statutory responsibilities, such as the requirements of the Equality Act 2010
    • projects which promote the cause or beliefs of political and faith organisations