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Funding Round-up – Heritage, June 2022

Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on heritage themes aimed at helping charities continue work.

Due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date details, they ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

The National Lottery Grant for Heritage
The National Lottery Grant for Heritage programme can offer funding from £3,000 up to £5million to charity and community organisations with projects that connect people and communities to local, regional, and national heritage within the UK.
The programme offers three levels of grants for organisations and private owners of heritage:
The Funders advise the monies can support a broad range of activity and cover a wide range of direct project costs which can include volunteer expenses, event costs, capital works, repair/maintenance, new staff, professional fees, costs to improve access.
At the time of writing, there was no specified deadline for funding below £250,000 so applications could be made at any time; but the funders advise applications above £250,000 require an Expression of Interest be made by 11th August 2022 with further dates to be announced later this year.
More information can be found at the dedicated website.

Standard Funding Stream from The National Heritage Memorial Fund
Charities, public bodies, and other third-sector organisations can apply for funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund to help buy anything which is of outstanding importance to the national heritage and either at risk, or of memorial character.
The funders advise there is no upper limit to what can be applied for, and that they do not define heritage, importance or risk (it is up to applicants to make the case for each) but they do enforce the National Heritage Memorial Fund is a funder of last resort, so applicants will be expected to show that they have exhausted or are exploring other potential sources of funding.
At the time of writing, there was no specified deadline, which means applications can be accepted at any time.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Funders website.

The COVID-19 Response Fund from The National Heritage Memorial Fund
Established in the 1980’s, The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was created as a last resort the funding source for outstanding nationally important heritage that is at risk.
Since then, it has saved over 1,300 heritage treasures for the nation.
In response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, NHMF’s £40 Million fund to support nationally important heritage at risk opened.
This UK-wide fund includes the Cultural Assets Fund which is a specified allocation of £20 Million from The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), alongside NHMF’s own £20 Million share that is available to organisations across the UK.
The Funders say applications will be accepted from charities, non-profit organisations, and public sector organisations with responsibility for an asset of outstanding importance to the UK's national heritage.
At the time of writing, the Funders say applications may be made at any time until 30th April 2023.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Funders website.

Funding from The War Memorials Trust
The War Memorials Trust is an independent registered charity that works for the protection and conservation of war memorials within the UK, making sure they remain part of communities forever, commemorating shared past, which would be seen as an important part of national culture.
To safeguard the future of war memorials in both their social and historical context, The Trust seeks to cooperate with other organisations, at both national and local level, and so administers grant schemes which cover the whole of the UK.
The Trust advise the grants are for conservation and repair of war memorials and all grant schemes are open to anyone to apply. This includes individuals or organisations, and councils.
For this season, the deadline for applications is 30th June 2022 with further dates to be announced later this year.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get in touch by email at info@mva.org.uk, you can also contact MVA via the website.