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Photograph of a 14th century church with flint walls and a red roof.Why should we get involved with this project?

This project gives community groups the opportunity to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding to investigate any aspect of their heritage. The All Our Stories scheme offers a great way of investigating your history by carrying out a small project with the support of your local university. We can help you develop your ideas into an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and offer you further support in delivering your project.

What kind of projects could be funded?

We are looking for ideas and projects about any aspect of community history and heritage – whether it's researching a historic building or landscape, recording oral history, producing a history trail or walk and more. The possibilities are endless, but if you are unsure then please get in touch with us to talk about your idea.

How can we apply for HLF funding?

You can apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant for between £3,000 and £10,000 from the All Our Stories scheme. More details about the scheme are available on the Heritage Lottery Fund website.

What support will we receive during the Heritage Lottery Fund application process?

The project team from UEA can help you turn your ideas into a defined project for your Heritage Lottery Fund application. We can't fill the form in for you, but we can help you to think of research questions, project outcomes and advise you on the sources and scope of your project.

The Heritage Lottery Fund can also provide support on the application process itself, particularly filling in the application form.

What kind of outcomes are the Heritage Lottery Fund interested in?

The All Our Stories scheme could fund a wide range of activities:

  • Visiting Places – museums and historic sites that relate to your community heritage project
  • Using Archives and Collections – including training and support if you haven't used archives and museum collections before
  • Talking to People – holding events, workshops and other activities
  • Recording Your Heritage – scanning old photographs and documents, recording a historic building, historic landscape surveys, veteran tree surveys, archaeological test pits and more.

The outcomes from your project could include community events, a leaflet or book, guided walks and trails, interpretation boards, school resource packs, exhibitions, films and other digital outputs.

What kind of community groups can take part?

Your group can either be an existing group, or one formed for this project. Individuals are not eligible to apply for Heritage Lottery Fund grants, but we can help you to find likeminded people in your community to set up a group. Your group must be a ‘not for profit organisation' as defined by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Will you be able to help everyone who submits an idea to the Ideas Bank develop their projects?

We hope to help as many groups as we can to develop their projects. If your idea falls outside the scope and research interests of the project team then we can help to put you in touch with other academics who might be able to help.

If we are successful in getting a Heritage Lottery Fund, what kind of role will the UEA play in our project?

We would like to collaborate with community groups on projects which are successful in getting a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. We can provide advice, expertise and practical support with carrying out your project. If your project receives a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, then we will contact you to discuss how the University can best help to support your project.

What will happen if our Heritage Lottery Fund application is unsuccessful?

It may be possible to continue to develop your ideas for a project, and apply to other funding bodies, or other funding opportunities from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We would like to work with the University, but we don't want to apply for a Heritage Lottery Fund. Can we still submit our idea to the Ideas Bank?

Yes – we would like to hear from you, and it may be possible to help you develop your ideas in the future. However, our immediate priority will be to help those groups who do wish to apply for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.