What is the Heritage Lottery Fund?

The Heritage Lottery Fund distributes money raised through the National Lottery to help people look after, enjoy and explore heritage. This includes looking after large landscapes, giving training opportunities and restoring buildings and objects. Since its foundation in 1994, a total of £7.1 billion has been invested in around 40,000 projects across the country, giving millions of people the chance to get closer to their heritage.

Find out more about the Heritage Lottery Fund here.


What is a Landscape Partnership Scheme?

A Landscape Partnership Scheme like Nenescape is a collaborative, joined-up group of projects which aim to engage people with the landscape in which they live, work or visit. Landscape Partnership Schemes can last between three and five years and receive grants of between £100,000 and £3 million.

Often, a lead or host organisation provides the project management and works in conjunction with a range of other organisations to build, deliver and evaluate projects within it. The lead organisation receives the funding from Heritage Lottery, which they then distribute amongst the partners as the project is completed.

Collectively, the whole partnership should aim to achieve the following outcomes:

For heritage:

  • Heritage will be better managed
  • Heritage will be better identified/recorded
  • Heritage will be in better condition

For people:

  • People will develop skills
  • People will learn about heritage
  • People will volunteer time
The Nene Valley landscape at sunset (John Abbott)

The Nene Valley landscape at sunset (John Abbott)

For communities:

  • Environmental impacts will be reduced
  • More and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage
  • Your local area/community will be a better place to live, work and visit

Click here to visit the Heritage Lottery's information on Landscape Partnerships.