Heritage Lottery Fund announce new microgrants scheme, inspired by MadLab

Posted by Team MadLab, about 1 year ago

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just announced a new microgrants pilot programme in Barrow-in-Furness inspired by an idea pitched to them by MadLab.

Rather than wait weeks or months for funding, community groups can now apply for small grants in person to the HLF – and receive an on-the-spot answer.

Back in 2014, MadLab was involved in a heritage decision-making programme. ‘How Should Decisions About Heritage Be Made’ which brought together community organisations, universities, major national institutions (including the HLF) and governmental bodies involved to discuss new ideas concerning the democratic and open processes around heritage, funded by the AHRC.

The microgrants application process is simple, with minimum forms. Revolutionising the way small organisations grow and sustain themselves, it will be essential to those who do not have the resources to apply for lengthy bids. With funding pots drying up, it is becoming increasingly important to think about and evaluate how funding is distributed, and the processes involved.

Karen Brookfield, HLF’s Deputy Director of Strategy  said:

“Really proud that the @heritageres Team inspired this new venture for @heritagelottery; great demonstration of impact on policy-making!”

We’re hoping that, if successful, microgrants will be rolled out across the UK.

Individual grants between £200 and £3,000 will be awarded to community groups in Barrow-in-Furness who celebrate its past. These micro-grants will be available from a total pot of £25,000, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. If you’re based in Barrow and wish to apply, contact the HLF North West team on 0161 200 8470, or through the team’s email address.