National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund tailored review: public call for evidence


The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is conducting a tailored review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), including its activities operating as the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to distribute National Lottery funding for heritage projects across the UK.

Tailored reviews are central to the Government’s Public Body Reform Programme. Their purpose is to challenge and seek assurance of the continuing need, efficiency and good governance of public bodies. Every public body is required to undergo a tailored review once during the lifetime of a Parliament.

To make a full assessment, we are seeking the views of people who are interested in, or work in, the heritage sector across the United Kingdom, including those who have applied for grant funding from the NHMF and/or HLF.

The full Terms of Reference for the review can be found on the DCMS website. If you have any queries about this review, please contact DCMS at

The National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund   

The NHMF presently receives £5m a year government funding to save the most outstanding parts of our heritage at risk of loss to the nation, as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the United Kingdom.

The NHMF also operates the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which uses money raised by National Lottery players to provide funding to sustain and transform the UK’s heritage. HLF supports a broad range of heritage, including buildings, museums, wildlife, archaeology, historic parks, and the heritage of cultural traditions and memories. Since its inception HLF has awarded £7.1bn to over 40,000 projects. For 2016-17, HLF has set a grants budget of £435m.

Completing the survey

There are seven sections to this survey and it will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. You may partially complete the survey and return to it at a later late. To do this, you must use the same internet browser and the same computer when returning to the survey.

You do not have to answer all the questions - you can answer as many or as few as you wish and you may move backwards and forwards through the survey to review or amend your answers by using the buttons at the bottom of each page. When you are ready to submit your response, please click on the ‘forward’ button at the end of the survey. Once submitted, you will no longer have access to your responses.

The closing date for responses is 6th April, 2017 at midday. All partially completed responses will automatically be submitted on the closing date, and responses received after this date will not be considered.

Click here to complete the survey. 

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Disclosure of responses

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 [FOIA], the Data Protection Act 1998 [DPA] and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).

The Government may publish sections of responses received from organisations, but it will not attribute views or quotations to specific organisations or individuals.

If you want other information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory code of practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, among other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, if you request confidentiality, it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential.

If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation but cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the Department. The Department will process your personal data in accordance with the DPA and in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.


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