Heritage Lottery Fund launches new £8million resilience programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help charities build their resilience. The programme will offer grants of £3,000 and £250,000.

The application guidelines suggest several areas which could be of interest to charity facilities managers and others responsible for strategy for charity property.

HLF says the grants could be used for:

  • identifying opportunities to reduce negative environmental impacts and make efficiency savings; 
  • ensuring your organisation is prepared to take on a future capital project through undertaking specialist work such as condition surveys and initial planning to demonstrate long-term financial sustainability; 
  • activities to support a group taking on new responsibility for heritage, such as working with a local authority on an asset transfer process;
  • conducting a viability appraisal or feasibility study looking at transforming the use of a historic building or other heritage asset.

HLF says: “Resilient Heritage is a flexible programme and can support a wide range of activities. It is up to you to make a strong case for the activity you want to undertake and what difference you expect this funding to make. “

HLF has also published a new online Resilient Heritage strength checker. This tool is designed to help charities analyse how their organisation currently works and identify areas of strength and weakness.

Defining "Heritage"

HLF defines Heritage as “things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations”. This could include:

  • archaeological sites; 
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives;
  • historic buildings; 
  • designed landscapes and gardens; 
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history; 
  • natural heritage.

The grants are open to not-for-profit organisations  and partnerships or consortia that are led by not-forprofit organisations.

For more information about how to apply visit HLF's Resilience Heritage page.