The View from theHeritage Lottery FundDrew BennellickHead of Landscape andNatural Heritage
HLF’s strategic aims…• Conserve the UK’s diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoy;• Help more people, and a wider range of people, to take an active part in and make decisions about their heritage; and• Help people to learn about their own and other people’s heritage.
What is heritage?We think it includes:-• historic townscapes and rural buildings;• archaeological sites;• collections of items, archives or other materials;• natural and designed landscapes;• habitats and species; and• sites & collections of industrial, maritime and transport history;• people’s memories and experiences;• histories of people, communities, places and events;• languages and dialects;• cultural traditions;
…...Overview• HLF support for AONB’s• How HLF operates and how to access funds• Current issues and trends
National Lottery – where the money goes Good Causes Government Retailers Operating Costs Winners Camelot
National Lottery Good Causes Arts Big Lottery Heritage Fund Sports
Annual budget £205m rising to £250m in 2013Funding by sector since 2002…Historic buildings and monuments 35%Museums libraries archives andcollections 28%Land and biodiversity (including parks) 25%Industrial maritime and transport 8%Intangible heritage 5%
Funding to AONB’s by value and applicants…£39,400,000 to AONBs45% by value to local authority applicants47% by value to voluntary/community sector8% by value to others eg Natural England74% by number by voluntary/community sector
Funding to AONBs by programme… • 77% Heritage Grants • 10% Your Heritage • 5% Landscape Partnerships • 1% Young Roots • 7% Other programmes now closed
HLF funding programmes General programmes • Heritage Grants – over £50,000 • Your Heritage – £3,000-£50,000 Targeted programmes • Young Roots - £3,000-£25,000 • Townscape Heritage Initiative – £500,000-£2 million • Landscape Partnerships - £250,000-£2 million • Parks for People - £250,000-£5 million • Repair Grants for Places of Worship
Funding programmes… Heritage Grants £50,000 – plus • Two round assessment process • Development funding available • At least 10% match funding for less than £1m grant • At least 25% match funding for over £1m grant Your Heritage £3,000 - £50,000 • Simpler application form • Single round assessment process • 10 week assessment time • Grant paid in 3 instalments, 50% upfront • No minimum match funding
Funding programmes… Landscape Partnerships £250,000 - £2m • Two round assessment process but no competition at 2nd round • Development funding available • At least 10% match funding • Mentor support during development • Max 200 square km site area Young Roots £3,000 - £50,000 • Simpler application form • Single round assessment process • 10 week assessment time • Grant paid in 3 instalments, 50% upfront • No minimum match funding
All projects must…• Help people to learn about their own and other people’s heritageAlso;• Conserve the UK’s diverse heritage for present and future generations to experience and enjoyAnd / or• Help more people, and a wider range of people, take an active part in and make decisions about heritage
Heritage grant case study…College Lake Visitor Centre, Tring
Water Vole Recovery Plan for DurhamDurham Wildlife Trust£49,050 – Your HeritageTo:-Deliver against BAP targets for water vole,Review all existing water vole data,Map known water vole colonies,Liaising with the land owning community,Promote management of water courses,Enhance habitats,Raise the profile of the water vole!
Chalking Up London’s DownsLondon Borough of Bromley & partners£50,000 – Your HeritageTo:-Promote Londons chalk downs,Promote their historic landscapes,Promote their importance for wildlife,Develop health walks, leaflets and displays,Provide training in species identification.
From Chimneys to Trees:Seven Acres Flashback!Lancashire Wildlife Trust£25,000 - Young RootsTo:-Help young people visit local reserves,Create an interactive website,Create interpretation and an audio guide,Experience life as a woodlander.
Landscape Partnerships programme • An area of distinctive landscape character, of local, regional or national importance • Schemes covering an area of between 20-200km2 • Partnerships of national, regional and local stakeholders appropriate to LP area • Schemes must address the breadth of heritage and involve local people
Tips for successful applications… • Concise & well written • Clear vision and need established • Community support and involvement • Unique selling point well articulated • Value for money – potential benefits in relation to cost. • Likelihood of partnership funding/strategic alliances • Robust scheme management structure – representing full partnership interests and clear lines of reporting • Realistic development and delivery timetables • Likelihood of sustained benefits
Pre-application Service… • Separate from • Initial project proposal • HLF development team provide responce / advice • Identifying additional support and contacts
Issues for HLF for the future… • Impacts of CSR and local authority cuts - existing and future applications - sustaining our legacy • Asset transfer • Role of communities and the need for skills • Climate change • Natural heritage spend • Digital technology • HLF strategic plan consultation 2013-2019
If I were an AONB Manager I would want to…? 2. Make sure I had my fair share 4. Engage with my local HLF office 6. Look at what the others were up to – visit exemplar projects 4. Protect AONB’s from major infrastructure projects