Grants and funding

Volunteer conservation group at Solsbury Hill, Bath Skyline

Grant income is an important component of our overall income profile. In 2015/16 we received approximately £19m from a wide range of statutory funders.

Grants support all aspects of our work, whether it is helping us to acquire an important painting such as the Isaac Oliver miniature at Powis Castle or enabling us to undertake essential nature conservation work along our coastlines.

Acquisition of the Isaac Oliver miniature was made possible by a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund
Miniature painting of Lord Herbert of Cherbury by Isaac Oliver / Powis Castle

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 (Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, Sport England and the Arts Council), 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.

Our grant funded projects

Volunteer Management Trainee, Keeley Hensby with volunteers at Fan Bay

Training a new generation of Volunteer Managers  

Read some inspiring stories from trainees taking part in our Volunteer Management Traineeship; a Heritage Lottery funded project, offering 17 training placements in the Heritage Sector. Trainees take part in an 18-month on-the-job training programme based at a National Trust property.