The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a public consultation on the future of Lottery funding for heritage from 2013-2019. The consultation is open until 26 April 2011 and responses can be submitted online at http://www.hlf.org.uk/consultation2011>.
The consultation stems from the Government’s recent decision to increase HLF’s share of Lottery good causes income to 20% by 2012-2013 (amounting to around £50 million extra a year), coupled with the likelihood of significantly less public investment in heritage from central government and local authority sources over the next four years. From 2013 to 2019 HLF will have an annual awards budget of around £300 million and they are asking for views on how best to respond to the needs of the heritage sector over this period.
HLF has set out proposals on a range of issues, based on analysis of the emerging funding environment for heritage in the next few years, research and evaluation of the impact of HLF funding, and discussions with other organisations, partners and funders. This is a vital opportunity to tell HLF
IfA will respond to the consultation on behalf of members and the full text of our response will appear on the IfA website nearer the time. However, you can also register and respond individually at http://www.hlf.org.uk/consultation2011 by 26 April.
HLF will report back on the consultation later in the year and expect to publish their strategic framework for 2013-2019 in spring 2012.