Heritage Enterprise UK

Heritage Enterprise UK supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million. The Heritage Enterprise UK process is for projects that seek to achieve economic growth by investing in heritage. It is aimed at enterprising community organisations and commercial organisations working in partnership with community organisations to help them rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and return them to a viable productive use.

Heritage Enterprise UK

Heritage Enterprise is designed to bridge the funding gap that prevents a historic asset in need of repair from being returned to a beneficial and commercial use. The case for grant funding will depend on there being a conservation deficit. This is where the existing value of a heritage asset plus the cost of bringing it back into use is greater than the value of the asset after development has been completed.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund wants the projects they fund through the Heritage Enterprise process to clearly demonstrate why investing in heritage is good for business and good for the economy as a whole.T

They can fund activities to help people engage with the heritage, including:

  • training in conservation, mentoring, learning, management or digital skills for people delivering the project;
  • activities or information that allow people to learn about the heritage of the buildings or sites in your Heritage Enterprise project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Under this process, they fund applications from:
    • not-for-profit organisations; and
    • partnerships between commercial and not-for-profit organisations.
  • If you are applying as a partnership, you will need to nominate a lead applicant. The lead applicant can be a commercial organisation or a not-for-profit organisation. The lead applicant should provide a signed partnership agreement showing the involvement of each partner and how the project will