Major Heritage Funding Bodies

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)


The HLF is a major funder for heritage projects across the UK, they have a range of grants available which cover a wide gamut of potential applications, from grants of £3000 towards sharing and interpretation of heritage, to major grants of over £5million for major restoration projects.


The HLF is currently reviewing its grant structure, and has deadlines in place for all applications. These vary depending on which fund you are applying to.
Applications for smaller grants can be processed in as little as eight weeks.
The HLF no longer operate a separate grant fund for Places of Worship.


Applications for places of worship should be made to the relevant general grant fund.

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Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)


The Architectural Heritage Fund provide grants to formally constituted charities and social enterprises. Grants must be used to develop projects which will involve a change of use or ownership of a heritage asset.


The AHF will not provide grants to projects where the primary use of the building concerned is worship. The AHF is also able to provide funding in the form of loans. These range from short or medium term loans, to a Heritage Mortgage.


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Wolfson Foundation


The Wolfson Foundation provide grants for a range of different applications, and have dedicated grant funds for historic buildings and landscapes of exceptional quality (Grade I or II*).


The fund only supports capital projects. Although the fund is discretionary, the Foundation will generally only fund those with Charitable or other equivalent status, and does not generally fund projects where the total project cost is below £15,000.


The Foundation has a specific grant fund for Anglican Churches (grade I or II* listed) which can be applied for through Church Care.
There are separate grant funds available for Museums and Galleries, and for the acquisition of significant works of art.


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Church Care


Anglican Churches can apply for support through Church Care. The Fabric Repairs fund is supported by the Wolfson foundation, but in addition to this there are other funds available for works such as Organ or Bell restoration, stained glass, monuments, and churchyard structures (among others).


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Historic England


While the majority of Historic England’s funding will be directed at projects being run by large organisations or local authorities, they do provide Repair Grants for Buildings at Risk, along with grants for the restoration of war memorials.


Generally funding will only be given if funding bids to other major bodies (such as HLF) are unsuccessful.


For more advice and information, visit their website here.

Heritage Funding Directory


While the above list covers some of the major funders, it is far from exhaustive. There are many other charities and foundations which provide grants for heritage restoration, conservation, interpretation, and engagement.


The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund maintain a directory of UK funders which includes many funding bodies.


The Directory is easily searchable, freely available and can be found here.

Support for Churches


Lincoln Diocese provides support for Anglican Churches. Any Anglican church considering a project or wanting information or advice should contact the Churches Development Officer or Historic Churches Support Officer, details can be found here.


All churches, regardless of denomination, can receive advice and support from the Lincolnshire Churches Trust.