In early 2019 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will begin a new, five-year Strategic Funding Framework that sets out how they will distribute National Lottery good causes money for heritage.
In addition, the UK Government has recently published its Tailored Review of HLF’s performance and the Mendoza Review of Museums in England. Both of these recommend new ways of working, including simplifying the grant giving processes and operating even more efficiently, getting the most value from National Lottery funding.
They consulted extensively on the new Strategic Funding Framework from 2019 and a summary of what you told them is available here to read.
Last November they announced that Heritage Grants and Heritage Enterprise programmes would close to new applications in mid-August as they prepared to open the new Strategic Funding Framework in late January 2019. These programmes are now closed with the exception of second round applications from applicants holding first round passes.
HLF continue to be open to new applications for grants up to £100K (up to £250K for Resilient Heritage) under current programmes until late January, for final decisions in March 2019.
In late January 2019, when they publish the new Strategic Funding Framework, they will open a new funding portfolio. This will be a simpler and more flexible funding offer, with a single open programme for all types of heritage project, and new resources and digital guidance on their website to support applicants. It will offer grants from £3000 to £5 million, with proportionate processes and requirements at different levels of grant.
Alongside this open programme, new strategic campaigns will be launched during the Strategic Funding Framework period – those for 2019 and 2020 will be announced in January.
More detail about application requirements will be published in January.