The Heritage Lottery Fund’s new Heritage Endowments grant scheme supports heritage organisations to build an endowment, which will provide an annual income over the long term and create a lasting source of financial support.
Grants are intended to support fundraising for an endowment which will enable organisations to increase fundraising expertise among their staff, volunteers and Trustees and develop relationships with donors. The programme aims to help heritage organisations diversify their income and become more resilient, making a lasting difference for heritage and people.
Heritage Endowments grants of £250,000, £500,000 or £1 million are available to heritage organisations currently or previously funded by HLF. Grants must be matched £1:£1 by private donations raised by the applicant organisation.
In addition to the match funding element, organisations can also apply for up to 10% of the grant to help resource campaigns. For example, an organisation applying for £250,000 in match funding could apply for an additional amount of up to £25,000 to support a campaign.
Eligible projects include the following:
• Archaeological sites.
• Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives.
• Historic buildings.
• Natural and designed landscapes and gardens.
• Places and objects linked to industrial, maritime and transport history.
• Natural heritage including habitats, species and geology.
All funded projects should make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities in the UK. For more information click here.
Applicants must initially submit a project enquiry at the HLF website before making a full application.
The deadline for project enquiry submissions is 13 October 2016.