Community Heritage Fund Applications Now Open

17th November 2020


The National Lottery Heritage Fund  are offering grants of between £3,000 – £10,000 for projects based in Northern Ireland that will encourage engagement with their local heritage.

The Community Heritage Fund opened on Monday 16 November 2020. It’s aim is to support small-scale projects in Northern Ireland which help connect communities to the heritage in their local area.

They wish to see people connect with and benefit from the heritage located on their doorstep such as buildings, monuments, landscapes, parks and sports grounds. Through sharing stories about the everyday places and finding out about the past, we strengthen our connections with the community around us.

Total available funding is £200,000. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing this on behalf of the Department for Communities. It is part of the £29million Covid-19 Culture, Languages, Arts and Heritage Support Programme 2020/2021.

Paul Mullan, Director, Northern Ireland at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “The experience of the lockdown in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) was a powerful reminder of the value and importance of the local environment to communities. Connecting with nature and heritage can be critical for maintaining personal mental and physical wellbeing.”   

Deadline for applications is noon on 18 December 2020 and projects must be delivered between 15 February 2021 and March 2021.

Guidance for Applying