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Effective 25 November 2020

Resilience and inclusion project funding to support organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in.


We are accepting applications for grants from £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000 for projects that:

Support organisations working with heritage to adapt and recover in the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This work could include:

  • reviewing existing business models and plans
  • developing new approaches to opening to the public during social distancing
  • developing new, creative and more resilient ways of working
  • ensuring your organisation is well-equipped to engage a wider range of people with heritage in future


Are focused on inclusion, led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage (for example, young people, minority ethnic and LGBT+ communities, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds). Refer to our inclusion guidance for further information. This work could include:

  • exploring different generations, communities and their history
  • mental health and historic environments
  • youth-led history focused projects
  •  LGBT+ heritage

We expect to receive more good applications than we can support in this first phase of our reopened National Lottery Grants for Heritage funding. Good applications not funded within this first phase may be considered within the second phase of funding due to open in February.

This is a rolling programme so there are no deadlines. You can apply whenever you are ready, and we will assess your application within eight weeks. Your proposals will then be discussed at the next decision meeting.

Read the below guidance before you apply for a grant. The guidance tells you more about the types of project we can fund during this phase.

Please note: The National Lottery Heritage Fund uses the same forms across a variety of programmes we administer, and some questions need to be answered differently for these funds. You must carefully read this guidance and the Application Questions and Help Notes before you start your application.