Published: 30th Jan 2019

The National Lottery funder will devolve 80% of its funding decision-making to Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and three English areas. Following a consultation of 13,000 people, the National Lottery Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund) says the new ‘simpler and streamlined’ approach will ensure ‘everyone is able to enjoy heritage’ and allow for newer and more innovative models of investment that move beyond grants to include loans and partnerships. There will also be a major focus on nature and they say they will now require every heritage project that receives funding to be environmentally friendly. There will also be greater support for projects in deprived communities that have previously been unsuccessful in securing funding as well as more support for large-scale, ‘iconic’ projects of over £5m. Prior to this change, there were seven decision-making English regions (London, South East, South West, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, North West, North … (To read the full article, subscribe below)