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Heritage Lottery Fund statement on Tessa Jowell's announcement  that further Lottery funding will be needed for the 2012 Olympics

‘This is bad news for the UK’s heritage’, comments Dame Liz Forgan, Chair, Heritage Lottery Fund.  ‘Our grant making for the foreseeable future will now be seriously reduced, affecting people right across the United Kingdom. In recent years our Lottery money has been the single largest source of support not only for our historic places, museums and galleries but also for our natural heritage and the cultural history of the people of these islands.   Heritage funding was already due to drop because of the Olympics and this further cut will impact on our ability to invest in the nation’s heritage at exactly the time it is being showcased to the world in 2012.’

The Heritage Lottery Fund will now begin to revise its forward funding plans with a view to letting clients know as soon as possible what its revised forecasts for annual levels of grant-making are for 2008 onwards.  

Projects which have already received a promise of funding from the HLF need not be concerned: the Fund will work to ensure that commitments can be honoured.

What it means

The share of additional Olympic funding from the Lottery will take £90m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This equates (for instance) to:HLF's planned spend on churches and historic town centres from Gateshead to Great Yarmouth (around 1400 schemes) for four years. 

HLF would also lose major projects on the scale of those we have been able to support in the past - like Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, Big Pit World Heritage Site at Blaenavon in Wales or the transformation of the British Museum.

There is no other heritage body with resources to fund these areas of our heritage. 

HLF enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From our great museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up our nation’s heritage for everyone to enjoy.

Since 1994 HLF has awarded over £3.6 billion to more than 22,500 projects across the UK.

Tessa Jowell's statement to the House of Commons

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