National Lottery Heritage Fund Launches £100 million Heritage Horizon Awards

In its first year (2020–2021), the Heritage Horizon Awards has a total funding pot of £50 million.

Individual grants of a minimum of £5 million each are available for non-profit organisations and partnerships led by non-profit organisations to support projects that will reflect the ethos behind the scheme – “Backing big ideas, unlocking possibilities” – by being:




All kinds of heritage projects are eligible. Heritage can be anything from the past that is valued and should be passed on to future generations and could include:

Oral history: people’s memories and experiences.

Cultural traditions, such as 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 the UK’s industrial, maritime and transport history.

Projects that focus on the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s current strategic priorities (landscapes and nature, and heritage at risk) will be considered favourably.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 11 October 2019.

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