National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund tailored review: public call for evidence

(via Department for Culture Media and Sport)

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is conducting a tailored review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), including its activities operating as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to distribute National Lottery funding for heritage projects across the UK.

Tailored reviews are central to the Government’s Public Body Reform Programme. Their purpose is to challenge and seek assurance of the continuing need, efficiency and good governance of public bodies. Every public body is required to undergo a tailored review once during the lifetime of a Parliament.

To make a full assessment, we are seeking the views of people who are interested in, or work in, the heritage sector across the United Kingdom, including those who have applied for grant funding from the NHMF and/or HLF.

The full Terms of Reference for the review can be found on the DCMS website. If you have any queries about this review, please contact DCMS at

The National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund

The NHMF presently receives £5m a year government funding to save the most outstanding parts of our heritage at risk of loss to the nation, as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the United Kingdom.

The NHMF also operates the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which uses money raised by National Lottery players to provide funding to sustain and transform the UK’s heritage. HLF supports a broad range of heritage, including buildings, museums, wildlife, archaeology, historic parks, and the heritage of cultural traditions and memories. Since its inception HLF has awarded £7.1bn to over 40,000 projects. For 2016-17, HLF has set a grants budget of £435m.

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