HLF Landscape Partnership

Status:Open to applications
Start Date:28 March 2002
Application Deadline:01 June 2018


Financial assistance is available to support integrated community projects throughout the UK for the conservation, enhancement and wider enjoyment of the landscape.


Maximum Value:£ 3,000,000
Minimum Value:£ 1,000,000

Value Notes

Grants of between £100,000 and £3 million are available.

Extended Description

The Landscape Partnerships (LP) programme is administered by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and aims to promote heritage conservation as an integral part of rural regeneration.

The programme is open to local, regional and national partnerships throughout the UK, who wish to conserve landscape areas of distinct local character.

Latest Information

HLF has updated the application form and the application guidance notes for 2018 for this fund.

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply.

Partnerships are expected to be made up of a variety of local, regional and national organisations alongside the local community who all have a shared purpose to develop, manage and deliver the scheme for the benefit of the landscape and the community as a whole.

Partnerships are required to nominate a lead applicant that will provide a signed partnership agreement showing the involvement of each partner and how the project will be managed. A partnership board should be formed of individuals from partner organisations who have the authority to advise on delivery and also manage the Landscape Partnership common fund.

A partnership may be:

  • A number of separate organisations or individuals linked together as partners through a written agreement, with a lead partner.
  • An existing partnership whose role is to conserve the landscape area, for example an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or a Conservation Board.
  • A new organisation representing a number of partners set up specifically to deliver the Landscape Partnership scheme.

If private owners or for-profit organisations are involved in a scheme, the public benefit is expected to be greater than private gain.

Examples of the types of organisations that will receive funding are as follows:

  • Charities or trusts.
  • Local authorities.
  • Community or voluntary groups.
  • Community/parish councils.
  • Community Interest Companies.
  • Social enterprises.

Eligible Expenditure

A Landscape Partnership scheme is made up of a number of individual projects within a defined landscape character area. These individual projects should be integrated in a way that achieves a long term legacy for the area and considers the needs of the built and natural heritage, management practices and the range of cultural heritage associated with the area.

It is recommend that the Landscape Partnership area is no smaller than 20km2 and no larger than 200km2. However, the scheme boundary must be dictated by the landscape character of the area so larger scale landscapes, such as those in mountainous or moorland regions, may be better addressed by working over a larger character area.

Applications should include all costs that are directly incurred as a result of the scheme, including:

  • New staff posts to deliver the scheme.
  • Extra hours for existing staff to deliver the scheme.
  • The cost of filling a post left empty by moving an existing member of staff into a post created for the scheme or individual project.
  • Payments/bursaries for trainees.
  • Professional fees.
  • Capital work.
  • Activities to engage people with heritage.
  • Evaluation.
  • Promotion.
  • Extra costs for the organisation, such as a new phone, extra photocopying, new computers or extra rent.

Voluntary organisations can also submit part of the organisation’s overheads (core costs) as a part of the costs of the project. This contribution should be calculated using Full Cost Recovery.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must make a contribution to the project. This can be made up of cash, volunteer time, non-cash contributions, or a combination of all of these.

If the total grant request is less than £1million, the partnership must contribute at least 5% of the costs of the development phase and 5% of the costs of the delivery phase.

If the total grant request is £1million or more, the partnership must contribute at least 10% of the costs of the development phase and 10% of the costs of the delivery phase.

Funding Restrictions

The following are unlikely to receive funding:

  • Schemes outside of the UK.
  • Schemes where the main focus is meeting legal and/or statutory responsibilities.
  • Promoting the cause or beliefs of political and faith organisations.
  • Schemes where the main focus is:
    • The construction of a new building or structure.
    • Too heavily weighted towards a single major project.
    • Too heavily weighted towards land or property acquisition.
    • With little or no public benefit, for example current agricultural work or conserving buildings in active use for agricultural or commercial purposes.
    • Vehicles, machinery or transport for private use or benefit.
    • Civil engineering work related to flood relief, new roads, bridges or traffic systems.
  • The cost of existing staff time.
  • Existing organisational costs.

Application Procedure

Applicants can submit an online project enquiry form. HLF staff will then get in touch within 10 working days to say whether the project fits with the programme and to provide support with an application.

Applications go through a two-round process. First-round application forms are available to download from the HLF website.

Contact the Heritage Lottery Fund for further information.

Address & Contacts

Contact details:
Heritage Lottery Fund
7 Holbein Place
Telephone:020 7591 6042/44