The National Lottery Heritage Fund presentation
We were delighted to be joined by Judith Carruthers, Engagement Manager, London & South region for The National Lottery Heritage Fund, at our Funder Tuesdays session on 23 March 2021.
This presentation was time-limited and we have now removed it from our website, but please see our notes and the links below.
Judith Carruthers – firstname.lastname@example.org
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- National Lottery Grants for Heritage guidance
- Priorities for 2021 – 2022
- Environmental Sustainability guidance
- Outcomes for projects
- Good Practice Guidance
- What is an inclusive project?
- Digital Skills for Heritage
- Investing in Resilience
Our Key takeaways from this session included:
- The money comes from the lottery and so every project must support its community. You must widen participation and show there’s a need driving the project.
- Heritage Fund have recently reviewed their priorities for giving, to ensure they support the country’s effort to recover from COVID 19.
- It’s not just for buildings.
- It’s for anything from the past that people value and want to pass onto future generations.
- The fund supports “natural heritage” too, which includes connecting people to local wildlife!
- It could be cultural heritage i.e. a big anniversary of a cultural celebration, which includes oral history and recreating dances from the past.
- Everything must have a heritage angle – so if you are an art organisation looking at cultural heritage, then team up with an oral history group, a local history group, or a museum etc.
- New buildings / museums will have to work hard to show they are needed.
- Existing buildings / museums must show how they will widen participation, so link up with the groups you want to engage (the need should come from them) and show how they are driving the project. It might be that the money is needed to remove physical barriers in a building to create access for your target group or it might be intellectual barriers.
- A good starting point is looking at who you currently engage with and who you don’t and looking at how you engage with people. What could you do differently? How do you involve more groups from the below priorities right from the start?
- Consultation with audiences, listening to, collaborating and co-creation are all key.
- If you are new to the Heritage Fund, perhaps start with a small project to show you can deliver and to create a track record to put you in a good position for a bigger bid.
- The Heritage Fund is for projects, not core costs.
- Volunteers – the more you have and the more diverse the better and there must be training and progression for volunteers.
- The environment is important.
Fund priorities are key (P10 of the presentation) – make sure you meet at least one of their priorities:
- Inclusion of under-served groups – young people, people from diverse ethnic communities, disabled people, LGBT+ communities, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds
- Landscapes and nature
- Heritage at risk
- Community and local heritage – i.e. museums libraries and archives
Outcomes are key (P13 of the presentation).
You don’t have to demonstrate that you are achieving all the below outcomes, but you will need to achieve at least one.
- A wider range of people will have engaged in heritage
- Local economy (more important for more ambitious projects)
- Wellbeing – you must have an understanding of how to evaluate wellbeing – perhaps team up with a local mental health organisation
- Local area will be a better place to live, work or visit
- Skills – training and mentorship. What jobs could be created in your project? Could you work with local agencies.? Paid opportunities would be brilliant. Could you have a paid internship or apprenticeship?
- Organisational resilience – sustainability
Grant amounts (P12 of the presentation for the fund amounts)
- The small grant £3 – 10,000 can be applied for anytime, no match funding is needed, it takes 8 weeks for a decision, the funding is for up to a year.
- The bigger funds involve deadlines and at least 5 – 10% match funding. The more match funding you have the more competitive your bid.
- For bigger amounts, put in a project enquiry first to get advice. For the largest amount, £250,000 plus, you have to pass an expression of interest stage first.
- Email Judith for advice.
- The fund wants to see value for money. Do costs achieve outcomes? Is it sustainable?
- How is this heritage significant?
- Local context is important for needs and opportunities.
- For the next 18 months or so, you have to show how you are managing the Covid 19 risk. What’s your flexibility/plan b? They expect to see a lot more digital engagement.
- Environmental sustainability – what are you doing to protect the environment in your project?
Application portal (top right of home page) to create an account
Resources – see key links above and P25 of presentation
Judith flagged up: priorities, outcomes, environmental sustainability.
65% of those who attended today will be applying.
Please note: the information in this presentation was for a Kent audience in March 2021 and information changes all the time, so it’s essential to keep an eye on The National Lottery Heritage Fund website.