Heritage Lottery Fund
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2008)|
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was established in the United Kingdom under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993. The Fund opened for applications in 1994. Using money raised through the National Lottery, HLF aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, it invests in every part of our diverse heritage.
Over the last 19 years, HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.
Large projects 
Major projects supported by HLF include:-
- Restoration of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Somerset – awarded £25 million
- Creation of the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea – awarded £11 million
- Acquisition of Titian’s Diana and Callisto (for the National Gallery London and National Galleries Scotland) – awarded £3million
- Kelvingrove Gallery, Glasgow – awarded £13 million
- Heaton Park, Manchester – awarded £8.5 million 
- Restoration of Greenhead Park in Huddersfield - awarded over £3.7million
Small projects 
HLF also supports a wide range of smaller, community-focused schemes. Most of its grants by number are now for small local community activities and nearly 50% of funding goes to the voluntary/community sector, for example The Ballet of Change project. ‘Young Roots' funds partnerships of heritage and youth organisations to help young people shape and deliver their own projects.
Although HLF is branded as though it a body in its own right, it is actually administered by a pre-existing non-departmental public body - the Board of Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). The turnover of HLF is considerably larger than the ongoing work of the NHMF (funded from Exchequer grants and endowments). Although HLF is not a government department, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport issues financial and policy directions to the organisation, which reports to Parliament through the Department.
See also 
- Kennet and Avon Canal Wiltshire Council.
- "Maritime Museum gets go-ahead". BBC News. 2002-07-25. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- "Museum wins £12m grant". BBC News. 2002-01-31. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- "Heaton Park opens its gates to reveal a renaissance green space". Manchester.gov.uk. 2005-03-02. Retrieved 2012-08-07.