One hundred million pounds of National Lottery funding will be given to large-scale, transformational heritage projects over the next three years, it has been announced.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has unveiled plans to make awards of £5m and over, with £50m to be allocated in 2020 and a further £50m in 2022. Applications from a full range of heritage will be welcome, but all projects will need to have substantial proposals for recognising the funding contribution made by The National Lottery – and this could include naming rights similar to those agreed with private philanthropists and trusts.
CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund Ros Kerslake said:
“The National Lottery has generated huge sums of money to invest in heritage projects and every part of the UK has benefited from some of our biggest funding awards. This year we’re celebrating the 25th year of The National Lottery and it’s an important moment to reflect on just how transformational this unique funding model has been for our heritage. We are tremendously excited about the next 25 years and this £100m is a hugely important step on that journey.
“It is no secret that demand for National Lottery funding for good causes far exceeds available funding and we thought long and hard about whether we could continue to invest in such large scale projects. When we consulted it was clear to us that if we stopped, it is unlikely that anyone else would be able to step in, and major, transformative heritage projects simply would not happen.
“We are now looking for bold plans – projects that demonstrate real ambition to deliver positive change within the communities they serve and put diversity and inclusion at the centre of their plans. We want to see striking initiatives that demonstrate genuine transformation for places and communities.
“An important element has to be about telling the story of The National Lottery and reminding the people who buy tickets of the positive change they are bringing about in communities across the whole of the UK. We expect all applicants to have bold and creative proposals for how they will achieve this.”
Over the past 25 years, major £5m+ National Lottery awards have ushered in a golden age for heritage in the UK. Nearly £2bn has been distributed to 188 heritage projects across the whole of the UK, in an unprecedented boost to jobs, tourism and local economies.
Major projects that have received funding span museums and libraries, including the Mary Rose Museum, the British Library Sound Archive, the Design Museum and the V&A Dundee; heritage attractions such as Jodrell Bank, Alexandra Palace, HMS Caroline, Stonehenge, SS Great Britain and Bletchley Park; historic town and city sights such as the Piece Hall Halifax; nature and the outdoors such as the Great Fen, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Roundhay park in Leeds and the Sill in Northumberland; and seven of the 10 most popular UK visitor attractions: the British Museum; National Gallery; Southbank Centre; Natural History Museum; Science Museum; the V&A and Somerset House.
The last major awards for heritage were made in May 2017. A new round of major awards was first trailed in the The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s new Strategic Funding Framework, publishing in January 2019.
There are a number of new requirements for potential applicants, including:
Projects will need to have substantial proposals for recognising the contribution of The National Lottery. For the first time, The National Lottery Heritage Fund may choose to negotiate naming rights.
Applications from a full range of heritage organisations will be welcome. When making the awards, there will be a particular focus on The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s current strategic priorities – landscape and nature; and heritage at risk.
For the first time, a new ‘Expression of Interest’ stage will give applicants an early steer on whether or not they are a likely to be successful. This will avoid unnecessary work for less promising applications and minimise competition among potential grantees at the award stage.
The most promising applicants to the Expressions of Interest stage will be invited to present project proposals to a panel of Trustees.
A shortlist of 10-12 successful bidders who are invited to make an application will then be publicly announced, with development funding available.
All successful applicants will need to have demonstrated exceptional proposals for including a wide range of people in heritage.
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.
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