Heritage Lottery Fund raises grant allocations

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is to boost its funding for communities and the historic environment over the next year.

The HLF’s overall budget will rise by £45m to £250m of which £17m will be allocated to four specific heritage programmes.

These are:

 - £11m for Townscape Heritage Initiative - for grants that help regenerate historic areas with particular social and economic need - an increase of £1m on 2010-11 budget.

 - £23m for repair grants for places of worship scheme –.funding for urgent, high-level repairs to listed places of worship (£10,000 to £250,000) - an increase of £4m in England on 2010-11 budget

 - £21m for ‘Your Heritage’ – our popular small grants programme to conserve and enjoy local heritage - an increase of £5m on 2010-11 budget

- £17m for Landscape Partnerships - our innovative programme to conserve distinctive landscapes, led by local partnerships an increase of £7m on 2010-11 budget.

HLF chair Dame Jenny Abramsky said: "We think it’s particularly important to be increasing our investment in smaller grants having long seen the heritage benefits of people getting involved at a local level.

"Whether it’s a locally important historic building or church in desperate need of repair or a beautiful landscape that needs attention, we know that community involvement is the key to long-term success."


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