If you have a community-based project which needs funding you might want to consider applying for a National Lottery Heritage grant. It isn't an easy task and, to be fair, we did fail in our first application. Their money comes from those kind people who play the lottery every week or who regularly purchase scratchcards. However their income is beginning to decrease in line with the amount of organisations needing more money.
What this means is that it is much more competitive to get an HLF grant and applicants need to do considerably more planning before applying. However, if you are lucky enough to be successful, this groundwork means that you are in a great starting place to get the project going. We had a team of 8 meeting weekly for 5 months to prepare the bid. This preparatory work also involved numerous meetings with local organisations and possible sponsors, as well as with architects and the diocese, as well as trips to Herefordshire Archives (HARC) and attendance on the HLF's own training course. This is not for the faint-hearted!
Should you be interested in discovering what funding opportunities are available with the National Lottery Heritage Fund click here.