Heritage grants of over £100k for UK projects

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is seeking applications for its Heritage Grants programme that is open for any type of project related to the national, regional or local heritage in the UK.

Funding Information

Applicants can apply for a grant of more than £100,000 and they need to make a contribution towards their project as well. HLF describes this as ‘partnership funding’ and it can be made up of cash, volunteer time, non-cash contributions, or
a combination of all of these. Some of your partnership funding must be from your own organisation’s resources.

The application process is in two rounds.

Eligibility Criteria

Under this programme, HLF fund applications from: 

  • not-for-profit organisations; and 
  • partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations.

If private owners or for-profit organisations are involved in a project, the fund expects public benefit to be greater than private gain.

Eligible projects

The programme funds projects that make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities in the UK. The focus of the project will be on the work or activity that: 

  • is defined at the outset; 
  • has not yet started; 
  • will take no more than five years to complete; 
  • will contribute to achieving the outcomes they describe.

Example of eligible activities:

  • 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, maritime and transport history; and 
  • natural heritage including habitats, species and geology.


The deadlines vary, depending on how much applicants are asking for, the grant programme, and where their project is based. Check the relevant grant programme page for details of deadlines and funding decision dates.

How to Apply

Interested organisations can apply via the website. For more information, please visit Heritage Lottery Fund.