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.
“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.