Heritage Lottery Fund consults on how to spend increased funding

Changes to allocation of lottery money gives it £300m a year to award for six years

Hastings Museum has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Hastings Museum has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a consultation on how it should spend its money between 2013 and 2019 after it was given an increase in funding of £50m a year.

The HLF said it would have an increased annual awards budget of about £300m after changes to the way its funding was allocated.

The government decided last year that from 1 April this year the share of National Lottery funding for art, heritage and sport would rise from 16.66 per cent to 18 per cent each. In April 2012 this will increase to 20 per cent each.

The Big Lottery Fund’s share will gradually be reduced from 50 to 40 per cent during the same period.

A statement from the HLF said it wanted people to use the consultation to consider what its priorities should be, what it should continue doing and what it should do differently.

Dame Jenny Abramsky, chair of the HLF, said that with significantly more money to invest than in recent years, it needed to make the most of it.

"In future, heritage organisations will need to become even more deeply rooted locally, sustained by a combination of volunteering, local ownership, and income generation – alongside continued public investment and private philanthropy," she said.

The online consultation will run for the next three months.

The HLF said it would also be gathering representatives from heritage and community organisations to gain views on its funding priorities.

The HLF will publish its strategy for 2013 to 2019 in spring 2012.

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