These funders specialise in grants for heritage projects, including building restorations, museums, archives and war memorials
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National Lottery Heritage Fund
Grants from £3,000 to £5m for projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK. There are four levels of funding:
- Grants of £3,000 to £10,000 for non-profit organisations and private owners of heritage for projects up to one year.
- Grants of £10,000 to £100,000 for non-profit organisations, private owners of heritage (in particular circumstances) and partnerships.
- Grants of £100,000 to £250,000 for non-profit organisations and partnerships
- Grants of £250,000 to £5m for non-profit organisations and partnerships for projects with a development phase of up to two years and delivery phase of up to five years.
National Heritage Memorial Fund
NHMF will help charities, non-profit organisations and public bodies fund heritage projects of all sizes, including works of fine and decorative art, museum collections, archives, manuscripts, items of transport and industrial history, and historic buildings and land. There is no upper limit to its awards, but it operates as a fund of last resort, so you must be able to prove that you have explored, or are exploring, all other possible sources of funding.
Historic England administers various funds for heritage projects, including:
- Heritage Protection Commissions Programme for local authorities, universities, charitable trusts and limited companies for strategic research and to build skills and capacity in England’s historic environment.
- National Capacity Building Programme for projects that promote the conservation, understanding and enjoyment of the historic environment.
- Regional Capacity Building Programme for local and regional projects which promote the understanding, management and conservation of the historic environment.
- Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk for the conservation of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and registered parks and gardens.
- War Memorials for the conservation and repair of war memorials.
Historic Houses Foundation
Grants from £1,000 to £250,000 for individuals or organisations for repairs and restoration work required to prevent loss of or damage to historic buildings, their gardens, and any outbuildings, located in England or Wales.
The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund
Grants of £20,000 to £120,000 are available to UK museums and galleries for projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people. Projects can last up to three years. The next deadline is 11 September 2019.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Grants from £2,000 to £60,000 are available to UK charitable organisations with a total annual income under £500,000, under a range of themes including Arts, Education and Heritage. See the Grants Gallery for examples of successful applications. Core costs, salaries and capital expenditure are all acceptable.
Projects must be based in a rural area (towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants) which are classified by the government as being in the most deprived 50%, or in urban areas (more than 10,000 inhabitants) which are classified as being in the most deprived 20%. Click here to check whether your area is eligible.
Part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, The Headley Trust offers grants on arts and heritage themes including:
- Regional museums and galleries, with special consideration for curatorial support and acquisitions
- The display, study and acquisition of British ceramics
- Conservation of industrial, maritime and built heritage
- Archaeology; arts education/outreach and access to the arts for disabled and disadvantaged people
The Architectural Heritage Fund – Transforming Places Through Heritage
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has a range of grants that support restoration projects for redundant or underused community-owned historic buildings in town centres.
- Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work
- Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs
- Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match-fund crowdfunding campaigns
- Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects
- Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.
The Wolfson Foundation – Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund
Grants up to £300,000 are available for capital projects at selected museums and galleries across England in order to make improvements to buildings or collections. This fund will reopen later in 2019.
War Memorials Trust
Grants of up to £30,000 are available (up to 75% of total eligible project costs) to protect and conserve freestanding war memorials (but not graves) in England. Individuals, organisations and councils can apply. The fund covers repairs but not routine maintenance.
National Churches Trust
Grants up to £50,000 are available to support the conservation and sustainable use of church buildings in the UK, with priority given to urgent structural repairs or the introduction of kitchens and accessible toilets. Grants will cover up to 50% of the project cost.
National Archives – Archives Revealed
Grants up to £40,000 are available to public sector bodies, registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations to create catalogues of important archival collections. This fund will reopen for applications later in 2019. There’s also a Scoping Grant scheme, which offers up to £3,000 to fund an assessment report incorporating expert advice on a range of areas relating to collections management and the development of a collection. This is a rolling programme with decisions made on a quarterly basis.