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Heritage Lottery Fund

If you have urgent repairs, your bells are in need of restoration, or a wall painting needs to be conserved, then the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is a good place to start. Equally, if you want to launch a learning project or celebrate the anniversary of a famous figure linked to your church, there’s an HLF programme that can help. 

Which programme?

The Grants for Places of Worship (GPoW) programme is now at an end but there is still an opportunity to apply for funding under alternative programmes such as Heritage Grants  (over £100,000) or an ‘Our Heritage’ grant (£10,000-100,000).

Information on other programmes can be found on the weblink below.

You will be competing with other projects but the regional HLF team in Cambridge is keen for churches to apply. They encourage you to contact them to discuss your project so they can provide helpful guidance.

The telephone number is 01223 224870 or you can email to eastofengland@hlf.org.uk

Heritage Grants/Webpage - www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/heritage-grants

Our heritage/ Webpage - www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/our-heritage

Other HLF programmes/ Webpage - www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding

Heritage Lottery Fund | Webpage


HLF needs ‘outcomes’

You will read about ‘outputs’ and ‘outcomes’ in HLF application guidance. The outputs are what you propose to do which should be ‘project specific’. This means you need to be clear about what activities you will do to promote the heritage of your building. You’ll also need to be honest and realistic about your capacity to manage the activities you propose.

The key to success are the three ‘outcomes’ which spell out the difference your project will make for heritage, for people and for communities.

HLF guidance/ Webpage - www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/difference-we-want-your-project-make


Help with outcomes

You may have all your specs and costings in place but if you skimp on the ‘outcomes’ specified by the HLF you will be unlikely to succeed. Many churches are unsure about what activities they can manage that will engage ‘more people and a wider range of people’ with heritage.


Thanks to a funding grant of over £46,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the church of St Peter and St Paul, Bardwell can now look forward to being able to start the urgent repairs to their church, particularly conserving the medieval stained glass windows, which contain the image of Sir William de Berdewell, the village’s name sake. The work is anticipated to start and be completed in 2019.

Receiving a HLF grant will enable the church to explore and celebrate the story of both the church and the life and times of Sir William, making it accessible to be the whole community.

A new research group is being forming and experts will give talks about the stained glass and its conservation. From these, children’s church trails will be produced, volunteers trained as church guides and history and arts and craft sessions provided for children at the local primary school. The highlight will be holding a pageant for the community including performances, archery and music where these historic times will be enacted.

Dinkie Williamson, churchwarden, said “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to the National Lottery Fund knowing that it will help the church to be conserved for future generations whilst giving the local community and visitors the ability to enjoy its heritage”.

It will be a very exciting and special opportunity for the community of Bardwell and will increase the number of visitors to this beautiful historic church and keep Bardwell on Suffolk’s tourist trail!

60% of the total money required for all the repair and reordering works has now been secured.  The PCC is working hard to secure further funding for additional new facilities at a total cost of £144,000.