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Heritage Fund

Heritage and Art are important and valued in Jersey and are key to our sense of identity as an Island. Cultural participation is known to bring benefits including learning and education, good health, social inclusion and satisfaction with life.

Understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in our community and boosts investment into the local economy.

The current maximum grant size is £50,000 per applicant per financial year. Multi-year grants will be considered.

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  • Clearly setting out project outcomes

    The Jersey Community Foundation (JCF) was created to support projects that make a difference to the local Jersey community and we measure this through achievement of defined project outcomes.

    If your project outcomes aren’t clear, can’t be described or do not align with one or more the five Heritage Outcomes listed below, we will be unable to support your project.

    Five Heritage outcomes

    Specifically, JCF supports projects with outcomes that align with the Heritage Strategy for Jersey; contributing to the Island’s unique identity, beautiful environment, vibrant community, and sustainable economy, creating a better place to live for everyone, now and in the future. These outcomes are:

    • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Enjoying

    • Understanding

    • Valuing

    • Caring


    Although some funded projects will achieve only one outcome, others might achieve more than one. However, we strongly encourage you not to claim more outcomes than you really think you can realistically deliver.

  • 1. Diversity and Inclusion

    Heritage services are available to and equally used by all.


    In a successful project this mandatory outcome will be achieved if the range of people involved in heritage is more diverse than before your project started. You can achieve this through wider public engagement, increased skills, fresh sources of expertise and advice and working in partnership to share services, people and resources.

    To demonstrate this outcome, you will need to include audience development work and community consultation in your planning. You will be asked specifically in your application how you will monitor this to show how your audience, participant, volunteer or worker profile has changed between the start and end of the project.

    This may include, for example, diversification of age groups, ethnicities and social backgrounds, more disabled people, or groups who have never engaged with your heritage before.

    2. Enjoying

    Everyone has a chance to access and experience heritage

    If your project is a success it will be easier for people to experience heritage through better presentation, better interpretation, better facilities or better access, whether physical or digital.

    3. Understanding

    Knowledge of heritage is grown and shared through research

    If your project is a success it will be possible to demonstrate new knowledge about Jersey’s geological, natural and cultural heritage, improved access to records, images and research. It could improve understanding of how Jersey’s heritage is unique, and where it fits, in an international context.

    4. Valuing

    The significance of heritage is recognised and celebrated

    If your project is a success, then individuals will have developed their understanding of heritage because you’ve provided them with opportunities to learn about stories, celebrate places or commemorate events that are part of our diverse Island identity

    5. Caring

    Heritage assets are protected and utilised for optimum public benefit

    If your project is a success, then there will be improvements to the physical state of heritage. These improvements might be the result of repair, renovation or work to prevent further deterioration.

  • Examples of Supported Disciplines

    Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and wish to pass on to future generations.

    A project might sit definitively within one of the supported disciplines below, across a few of them or could include another heritage discipline.

    • Oral history

    • Cultural traditions

    • Community archaeology

    • Historic buildings, monuments and the historic environment

    • Museums, libraries and archives

    • Acquiring new objects

    • Commemorations and celebrations

    • Maritime and transport

    • Nature

    • Countryside

    • Marine environment


    The Jersey Community Foundation works with Advisers, with sector specific expertise, to support the Foundation in reviewing applications. Jersey Heritage will be supporting the Foundation in reviewing the Heritage lottery applications, as well as supporting the Foundation in promoting the availability of the funds. If you would like advice on your application before you apply or during the application process, then please contact in the first instance.

    Where appropriate, we expect applicants to consider what steps they can take to create positive environmental impacts and reduce negative environmental impacts through their projects. The measures that you implement should be appropriate for the scale of your project.

    Got a Great Idea?


    If you could do with a little help and not sure if your project matches the criteria, then you can always just tell us your idea. Forget about the application process for now, simply tell us your idea and we'll let you know if it's something we can help you with.

    Timelines of the fund

    Closing dates for applications:

    14th April (with Board decisions being made 18th May)

    29th September (with Board decisions being made 2nd November)

    Applications cannot be funded retrospectively so the project start date must be after Board decision date.

    Funding must be spent by: usually within one calendar year of award.

    Things to consider:

    • If you are a private owner or a private owner is involved in your project, you must make it clear how the public benefit of your project will outweigh any private gain. If you are a private owner of heritage, we will not fund works that can reasonably be considered to be the statutory duty of the owner.

    • Can the Lottery Heritage Fund support projects with religious elements? Potentially. Our main consideration is whether these activities could exclude people from accessing your project. For example, we couldn’t fund a project that requires all users to make a religious pledge before taking part. But if users were given the option to opt out from this pledge without it affecting their participation, we could consider funding the activity.


    Before you apply

    • you must be able to clearly demonstrate the positive impact your project will have and which of our five outcomes your project is working towards

    • if the funding is for a new project, the project must not start before we’ve formally made a decision about your funding application (When this happens depends on when you apply)

    • Charities, not-for-profit, community groups or private owners of heritage may apply

    • Successful applications will relate to a project, service or initiative to be undertaken within Jersey or a project where the outcomes would be directly transferable to Jersey for local benefit

    • All applications must fit one or more charitable purposes as per the Charities (Jersey) Law 2014

    • Grants may fund existing services, new initiatives or can contribute to ongoing operating costs

    • Grant recipients must report to the Foundation on how the Grant has been spent and the extent to which the funded activity has achieved the desired outcomes. The Foundation will provide the grant recipient with a reporting template.

    • Grants should be spent within one calendar year of receiving funding or as agreed otherwise with the Foundation.

    • Evidence that the cost of the item or items to be funded has been obtained and is reasonably priced, which evidence may include a selection of quotes or online comparisons;

    • Job descriptions and a statement from the Recipient of its need for additional resource if the application is for staff costs;

    • Full details of the Recipient’s bank and investment balances;

    • The most recent financial statements of the Recipient to demonstrate both good financial management and sustainability;

    • A profit and loss statement and balance sheet for the current year of the Recipient (to be supplied before payment if not possible to provide on applying);

    • A project budget and details of other sources of funding where the costs are not solely sought from the fund


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