Coastal West Sussex is being called upon to apply for heritage grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which uses money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

Recently adopted as a Priority Development Area for the Fund, Coastal West Sussex is one of the communities in the UK that has been recognised as submitting fewer applications for funding. Local organisations don’t receive automatic funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund but development officers work with groups in these areas to help them plan good projects and apply.

The HLF offers a number of different grant programmes funding all kinds of heritage projects from start up grants that help create new heritage organisations and grants for supporting places of worship to grants supporting the conservation of historic public parks and cemeteries.  A grant request of under £100,000 can be made at any time and for all other applications there are deadlines which will vary depending on how much is being applied for.

For applications for heritage grants under £2million the deadline for the 1st round applications is the 2nd March 2015 with decisions being made in June 2015.

For further information on grant application deadlines please click here

Local Events:

To find out more information on their funding programmes and discuss potential ideas, the HLF holds local information and advice session for grants. The next events in the CWS area include:

  • 5th February 2015:HLF Information & Advice session- Chichester Pallant House Gallery
  • 10th March 2015:Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester HLF Advice meeting- Bognor Regis
  • For more information on any of the sessions, please call the South East England Development Team on 020 7591 6171 or email

Alternatively, the HLF run free six-weekly pre-application information sessions at their head office in London to help to apply for funding and find out more about their grants and you don’t need a definite project to attend.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has its head office in London and offices across the country run by local people who know and understand the heritage of the area. It has £375 million to invest each year in projects and offers grants that range from £3000 up to over £5million. It is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK since 19994 and its objective is to make sure the heritage people care about is looked after for the future.

 For further information on grant opportunities and to apply: