The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was set up in 1980 to save some of the UK’s finest heritage at risk of loss. It acts as a permanent memorial to those who have given their lives for the UK.

Over the past 40 years NHMF has invested more than £365million, saving well over one thousand iconic objects, places and landscapes.

We are a fund of last resort, so when no other route can be found to protect or preserve the country’s most significant heritage, our grants ensure these treasures are safeguarded for the people of the UK.

Two funding streams

Standard funding stream

Our standard funding stream provides financial assistance towards the acquisition, preservation and maintenance of some of the UK’s most outstanding objects and landscapes.

Applications can be made all year round.

COVID-19 Response Fund

Launched in June 2021, our COVID-19 Response Fund supports heritage that is of outstanding importance to the national heritage and at risk due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

A total of £40m funding is available. The fund will close at the end of April 2023.