The future of the Heritage Lottery Fund

A Government review is examining the roles and responsibilities of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

In recent years, HLF funding has helped many places of worship in the UK. The HLF has an annual budget of around £370m and all of their main funding streams are open to churches. Full details of their funding streams can be found here.

With a £16 million budget in 2017, the HLF’s Grants for Places of Worship funds urgent structural repairs to Grade I, II* and II listed places of worship in England, with similar programmes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Heritage organisations, and members of the public, can take part in the consultation by  completing an online survey. You can access the press release and online consultation here. There are quite a few questions, and in case you wish to plan in advance  the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance have created a pdf of all the questions – for organisations or for individuals. The closing date is Thursday 6 April.


You can also tell us your views about the HLF and its role in helping churches and chapels by emailing us at

And you can also take part in our own poll below.

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