HLF to combine Transition funding, Start Up grants and Catalyst small grants

Eleanor Mills and Patrick Steel, 06.11.2015
Upper limit of new programme will be more than £100,000
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will combine Transition funding, Start Up grants and Catalyst small grants into a single new programme with an upper limit of more than £100,000, the HLF’s chair Peter Luff told delegates in his inaugural speech to the sector at the Museums Association Conference and Exhibition yesterday.

Museums and galleries will also be able to apply for funding to build endowments through the Catalyst programme, which will have flexibility to support small and large organisations, he said.

Luff also announced a third round of Skills for the Future, a new as-yet-unnamed initiative offering “substantial” grants for projects that will make a difference to young people, and plans to involve young people in making decisions on HLF applications.

He said: “I want to translate my passion for heritage into action. I want to make clear that the HLF will focus on sustaining and sharing heritage across the whole of the UK, and help break down barriers with diverse communities, young people, disabled people, and ethnic minorities. Our goal is to ensure a fulfilling heritage experience for everyone.”

He stressed that these initiatives are at an early stage, with more details to be announced in 2016.

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