National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Wildlife-rich roadside verge at Ely Lodge 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is one of the key sources of project income for Ulster Wildlife and has helped us to achieve many amazing things for people and wildlife over the years.

What is the National Lottery?

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.

About the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. 

Since 1994, it has invested £7.7 billion in 42,000 heritage projects across the UK from restoring natural landscapes and rescuing neglected buildings to recording diverse community histories and providing life-changing training. In Northern Ireland, Ulster Wildlife projects supported by HLF  have helped to connect hundreds of people to nature, save precious wildlife-rich places such as wildflower meadows, and protect rare and endangered species.

How National Lottery Heritage Funding has helped us make a difference

Nature Skills Training Scheme (2018 - 2021)

This three-year project will deliver 21 full time and part time traineeships aimed at developing skills and encouraging a more diverse natural heritage workforce in Northern Ireland.

Amount awarded: £399,600

Trainees group

Nature Skills Trainees fencing at Glendun Nature Reserve

Sea Deep (2018-2021)

Sea Deep a three-year programme to secure better protection for endangered skate, sharks and rays in Northern Irish waters, and to increase the level of understanding and participation among the wider public, by involving recreational angling groups, schools and local communities in conservation-focused data collection.

Amount awarded: £208,000

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Red Squirrels United (2016 – 2019)

This project is working to protect and promote endangered red squirrels in Northern Ireland, as part of a UK-wide project led by The Wildlife Trusts.

Amount awarded: £340,824

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Save Our Magnificent Meadows (2014 – 2017)

Save Our Magnificent Meadows aimed 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.

Amount awarded: £281,562

Skills for Living Landscapes and Seas (2014 – 2017)

This hugely popular and successful project helped to provide comprehensive on-the-job training through 18 traineeships aimed at building capacity within the natural heritage sector in Northern Ireland.

Amount awarded: £356,400

Be There for Barn Owls (2013 – 2016)

Be There for Barn Owls focused on helping boost the fortunes of our much-loved but endangered barn owl by working with landowners, erecting nest boxes and conducting surveys across Northern Ireland to establish their distribution.

Amount Awarded: £89,500