Heritage Lottery Fund Start-Up Grants Programme

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations, including charities and trusts, community, voluntary and friends-of groups, companies limited by guarantee, community and parish councils, Community Interest Companies and social enterprises have one month left to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000

Organisations that do not have a bank account or constitution already in place, but who want to use a Start-up grant to help them do so, will need to ask an existing not-for-profit organisation to make the application and accept the funding on their behalf.

The funding can pay for activities that:

  • Make a difference to people, heritage and communities in the UK.
  • Have not yet started.
  • Will last no more than one year.

Examples of the types of activity that can be funded, include, but are not limited to:

  • Transfer of heritage to community ownership:
    • Research into the needs and interests of local people and how they want the heritage to be used.
    • Research into the use and management of other similar heritage sites to learn how they have been successful.
    • Training, mentoring and other opportunities for group members to develop relevant skills.
    • Advice on preparation of a business plan.
    • Commission a specialist to conduct a condition survey to identify what repair or conservation is needed.
  • Setting up a new heritage group:
    • Specialist advice on a suitable constitution.
    • Research into what activities local people would be interested in taking part in.
    • Commission advice and support in creating a robust plan for the first year’s activities.
    • Room hire for the first year’s activities.
  • Building capacity and skills of a new friends group:
    • Advice on a suitable constitution and/or partnership agreement.
    • Advice on business related issues, such as VAT.
    • Advice on developing a sustainable fundraising strategy.

From 28 July 2016, the soon-to-be-announced new Resilient Heritage programme will accept applications for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for activities currently supported through Start-up Grants programme.


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