Heritage Lottery Funding for Places of Worship


We would like to draw your attention to this very important message from the Heritage Lottery Fund as it could have major implications for grants to places of worship in the future.

HLF is consulting on its role, vision and funding priorities for the next five years.

A unique opportunity is now open for everyone who cares about the UK’s extraordinary heritage to give their views on our plans for the future.

We support projects that range from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings: from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training.

We now want to know what people think our role, vision and priorities should be as the UK’s biggest funder of heritage during our next strategic funding framework – the period from 2019-2024.

New approach

Comments are being invited on a proposed new approach including targeted funding campaigns, repayable loans and public involvement in decision-making, all of which could have a role over the next five years in ensuring the most effective use of National Lottery money to support the UK’s heritage.

“We now hold a unique position as the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage and, at a time of increased competition and reduced budgets, want to be sure we are using every pound of National Lottery players’ money in the best way possible.

“We see our future role as inspiring, leading and resourcing our heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.”

Full range of heritage

We still expect to fund a full range of heritage including landscapes, places of worship, parks, townscapes, buildings at risk and heritage skills. We also expect to continue to put people and communities at the heart of our funding decisions. Today’s consultation follows in-depth research carried out with people who play the National Lottery, who say they value the fact that we take an inclusive approach, don’t define heritage and support the full breadth of heritage across the UK.

Get involved

The consultation is available via the ComRes microsite and runs until Thursday 22 March 2018.


The HLF have launched a new programme of grants for places of worship.

Congregations caring for historic places of worship, of all faiths and denominations, can apply to HLF for funding to support a broad range of projects including capital repair.

Relevant programmes:

  • Our Heritage (£10,000-£100,000) can be used to support a great range of projects and organisations, including those who want to repair buildings. The programme is single round. We aim to respond to your application in around eight weeks
  • Heritage Grants (£100,000-£5m) can support all types and scales of project. The two-round structure means we can support you in both developing and delivering your proposals
  • Resilient Heritage (£3,000-£250,000) can be used by individual organisations or partnerships to help them better manage their heritage. From developing income-generation strategies to feasibility studies in preparation for a larger Heritage Grant application – this can be a great place to start

As well as providing their own grants, the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust can also provide advice on other grant making bodies here or call 01787 883884.

The HLF website itself is very helpful

Contact the HLF between office hours – Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
Switchboard: 020 7591 6000
Textphone: 020 7591 6255