National Lottery Heritage Fund

Save our Magnificent Meadows project funded by NL Heritage FundSave our Magnificent Meadows project funded by NL Heritage Fund

National Lottery funding through the Heritage Fund is a key source of project delivery income for Ulster Wildlife.

About the National Lottery and the Heritage Fund

The National Lottery – and with it National Lottery funding for good causes like heritage, arts, sport and charities – was established in 1994. Every ticket sold contributes funds to good causes across the UK.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. The National Lottery Heritage Fund believes that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

Projects funded vary from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings, from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training. Since 1994, the Heritage Fund has invested £7.7 billion in 42,000 heritage projects across the UK. Of this, £228.5 million has been distributed to over 1342 heritage projects in Northern Ireland. 20% of NI heritage funding (£46.1 million) is to land and biodiversity projects.

How the National Lottery Heritage Fund supports Ulster Wildlife

Recent and current projects include:

£399,600 for Nature Skills NI (2018-2021) a three-year project to deliver 21 full time and part time traineeships aimed at developing skills and encouraging a more diverse natural heritage workforce in Northern Ireland.

£208,000 for Sea Deep (2018-2021) a 3 year programme to secure new protection for endangered skate and shark species in Northern Irish waters, and to increase the level of understanding and participation among the wider public, by involving recreational angling groups, other sea users, schools and local communities in conservation-focused data collection.

£340,824 for Red Squirrels United (2016 – 2019) to protect and promote Red Squirrels in Northern Ireland as part of a UK wide project led by RSWT.

£281,562 for Save Our Magnificent Meadows (2014 – 2017) to protect and restore some of the remaining fragments of species rich grasslands throughout Fermanagh and Tyrone, as part of a UK wide project led by Plantlife.

£356,400 for Skills for Living Landscapes and Seas (2014 – 2017) to deliver comprehensive on-the-job training through 18 traineeships aimed at building capacity within the natural heritage sector in Northern Ireland.

£89,500 for Be There for Barn Owls (2013 – 2016), a three-year project focused on developing and advancing barn owl conservation work in Northern Ireland