National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £3,000 to £10,000

National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF)

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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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Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund inspires, leads and resources the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and for the future.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage is our open programme for all types of heritage project in the UK.

What can we fund?

We fund projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations.

As a guide, this could include:

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

At this grant level, we can also fund activities to support a group taking on new responsibility for heritage, or to build new skills and capacity in organisations that already have responsibility for heritage. To find out more about this type of activity, please read resilience guidance on our website.

We will only fund projects that:

  • have a clear plan with a defined start, middle and end
  • have not already started
  • and will last up to one year

We can cover a wide range of direct project costs. As an example, your project could include:

  • volunteer expenses
  • training costs
  • event costs (including room hire, refreshments and equipment)
  • small capital works
  • new staff posts
  • professional fees (for example, legal costs)
  • costs to improve access to your heritage
  • activities to help you strengthen your organisation
  • costs associated with taking on new responsibility for heritage (for example, feasibility studies)


We describe the difference we want to make with our funding through a set of nine outcomes.

Outcomes are changes, impacts or benefits that happen as a direct result of your project.

All of the projects we fund will achieve one or more of these outcomes. The number of outcomes you achieve will depend on what you want to deliver and should be proportionate to the size of grant you are requesting or the specific focus of your project.

We expect projects to achieve some outcomes more strongly than others. Plan to focus on the outcomes that are strongest, as we will monitor your progress against these and you will use them to evaluate the change your project has made. All projects must achieve the ‘wider range of people will be involved in heritage’ outcome as a minimum.

  • A wider range of people will be involved in heritage (mandatory outcome)*
  • Heritage will be in better condition
  • Heritage will be identified and better explained
  • People will have developed skills
  • People will have learnt about heritage, leading to change in ideas and actions
  • People will have greater wellbeing
  • The funded organisation will be more resilient
  • The local area will be a better place to live, work or visit
  • The local economy will be boosted

See full guidelines here.

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


  • Under this programme, we accept applications from:
    • not-for-profit organisations
    • private owners of heritage
  • Here are some examples of the types of organisation we can fund:
    • charities, trusts and charitable
    • Incorporated organisations
    • community and voluntary groups
    • community/parish councils
    • community interest companies
    • faith based or church organisations
    • local authorities
    • other public sector organisations
    • private owners of heritage (for example, individuals and commercial organisations)


  • We cannot cover the following:
    • existing staff posts or organisational costs
    • statutory and/or legal responsibilities
    • promoting the cause or beliefs of political or faith organisations
    • recoverable VAT
    • costs for any activity that has taken place before a grant is awarded