The National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund HLF) have today announced the launch of the retooled major grants programme, which will allocate awards for major heritage projects seeking funding of £5million and above.
Replacing the former Major Grants programme, the Heritage Horizon Awards look to simplify the application process through the introduction of an expression of interest stage which will give applicants an early steer on whether the project is likely to be successful. Expressions of interest will be required by 11th October 2019.
Those that demonstrate strong potential will be invited to present their proposal to a panel of decision makers who will help to decide on a shortlist by December 2019. Those shortlisted will be invited to work up a full development phase application by 31 August 2020 for a decision by December 2020. It is hoped that this will minimise the high levels of competition and disappointment experienced under the previous model, in light of the limits on availability of funding.
Projects which apply are expected to be transformative, innovative and collaborative, with a particular focus on projects which address The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s current strategic priorities: landscape and nature and heritage at risk.
There is a total of £50m available in the first year (2020-2021), of a total £100m programme across the next three years.