Grants and funding

Gardeners and volunteers clipping the topiary in the Parterre at Hanbury Hall and Gardens, Worcestershire

Grant income is an important component of our overall income profile. In 2017-18 we received approximately £18m from a wide range of statutory funders.

Grants support all aspects of our work, whether it is building new woodland and countryside cycle trails at some of your favourite places or enabling us to undertake essential nature conservation work along our coastlines.

Grants also help us to conserve, protect and provide access to coast, countryside, historic homes and gardens, whether through giving people the opportunity to join in with our work, helping us reach new audiences or enabling people to have a more fulfilling and enjoyable visit.

The National Lottery (funding distributed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Lottery Community Fund, the Arts Councils and Sport England/Wales/Northern Ireland), the Landfill Communities Fund, European grants such as Structural Funds, Interreg and  LIFE, and central and local government are some of our most significant sources of grants. These grants often enable the Trust to work in partnership with other organisations and charities to achieve objectives that go well beyond what we could achieve on our own.

We are always grateful for the support from our grant funders as without it we wouldn’t be able to undertake some of our most important and innovative work.

Share some of our grant funded projects
Senior conservator, Heather Porte, working on the iconic Knole Sofa in the Conservation Studio at Knole, Kent

How the National Lottery Heritage Fund is revitalising heritage 

External funding is so important to the National Trust's conservation work. See what amazing things are being achieved for us all to enjoy, with the support of National Lottery players via project grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.