Heritage Lottery Fund launches new £8million resilience programme

By Annette McGill

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help organisations and partnerships build their resilience.

The programme will offer grants of between £3,000 and £250,000, and will fund a range of activity specifically designed to help organisations improve the way they manage heritage for the long term.  

While much of the focus of the programme is on financial management, there are some key areas which will be of interest to charity facilities managers and asset managers:

HLF says the grants could be used to:

  • Identify opportunities to reduce negative environmental impacts and make efficiency savings
  • Ensuring organisations are 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.

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

For more information about application deadlines or to review the programme guidance visit the Resilience Heritage page.