Heritage Lottery Fund promises to speed up applications

The Heritage Lottery Fund has promised a quicker application process, project mentoring and earlier critical decision-making for its cultural projects as part of the consultation in preparation for its next five-year strategic plan.

The distributor, which is the largest heritage funder in the UK, reported in the plan that it will allocate £1.9bn over the next 12 years. Katie Owen, spokesperson for the fund, said that the additional £90.2m the distributor had to pay towards the 2012 Olympics would not prevent it from supporting projects of all sizes in all regions of the UK.

“We have taken the Olympics into consideration and will deal with the loss of funds accordingly,” she said. “We will try to lessen the impact on our patrons.”

The fund will also start asking its applicants to make their projects as green as possible, launch a ‘Young Roots’ programme to get kids involved in volunteering and create a volunteering awards ceremony that will allow the public to nominate their ‘Heritage Heroes’.

“We have started to change the way people think about and care for the heritage,” said Liz Forgan, chair of the distributor. “It’s important we continue to encourage a broad range of people to take an active part in looking after the UK’s rich legacy from the past.”

Since 1994, the fund has awarded more than £3.97bn to more than 26,000 projects throughout the UK.

More information and a copy of the consultation document can be found at www.hlf.org.uk/future.

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