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National Lottery funder commits more than £1 billion to heritage

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A major devolution of decision-making across the whole of the UK is at the heart of new plans to distribute more than £1bn of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years, it was announced this week.

Decisions on around 80% of all funding by the newly styled National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is changing its name from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be made in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and three new English areas.
 
'Major focus' on communities

The new approach includes a 'major focus' on communities, and on ensuring everyone is able to enjoy heritage – three top priorities for people who responded to the consultation; as well as a requirement for every heritage project that receives funding to be environmentally friendly.

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Over the past 25 years, money raised by people who buy National Lottery tickets has profoundly changed how we view and engage with the UK’s exceptionally varied heritage. By putting people at its heart, it has helped our wonderful buildings, iconic landscapes, cultural memories and traditions and native species not just survive, but thrive.
 
“Over the next five years, The National Lottery Heritage Fund will inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage, distributing more than £1bn.  So we will be making more decisions on funding locally and focusing on the heritage that really matters to people, creating jobs, bringing economic prosperity and improving people’s lives right across the UK.”

Extra funding and support

The thirteen most under-funded and deprived communities in the UK that will receive extra funding and support are:  Brent (Greater London); Corby (Northamptonshire); Enfield (Greater London); Knowsley (Merseyside); Inverclyde (Scotland); Luton; Newham (Greater London); North East Lincolnshire; North Lanarkshire (Scotland); Neath Port Talbot (Wales); Rhondda Cynon Taff (Wales); Tendring (Essex); and Walsall (West Midlands).

For more on the National Lottery Heritage Fund, visit the website.

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