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Phased Reopening of the National Lottery Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot.

This is the first phase of a two-stage resumption of the National Lottery Grants for Heritage, which closed in March this year as a result of Covid-19.  It is not, however, a return to business as usual.

The first phase of reopening – grants between £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000 – focuses on supporting organisational resilience and inclusion. It is not available for capital works.

There are no deadlines for submitting applications; the first decision meeting will take place in mid-January.  For full details and application guidance visit:

From February 2021, the Heritage Fund will resume accepting applications from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m.  It isn’t clear yet when capital funding will be available. Planning for phase 2 will be taking place over the coming weeks. The CEO’s blog from early November gives a steer about what the priorities will include. You can read it at

In the meantime, the advice regarding church repairs is to look at other sources of funding on a more piecemeal basis, rather than to store up repair works to turn into a large project.  We realise this isn’t easy as other funding streams are experiencing increased demand and often require considerable match-funding, but it is still possible to find support for maintenance and small repair project.

Please contact the Buildings Team for more advice on grants.

Page last updated: Wednesday 25th November 2020 4:51 PM
First published on: 25th November 2020
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