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- came into being in January 1995, funded by the National Lottery, and administered by the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
The Fund aims to "Safeguard and enhance those heritage assets, including buildings, objects and the environment, whether man-made or natural
which have been important in the formation of the character and identity of the UK and which will be a vital part of its future".
It is a 'non-departmental public body' which means that its decisions are entirely independent of government but it is subject to financial direction
from the Department of Culture Media and Sport. It reports to Parliament through that department. It is the only UK wide statutory conservation
body. The fund is imaginative in its offers and has a number of special themes, including churches, urban parks, townscape improvement,
and building preservation trust projects. It is not just about flagship projects, there is an increasing emphasis on community involvement
and benefit. It offers good advice on how to apply for grant for most of these subjects. The HLF also offers good advice on related issues
such as the preparation of business plans and conservation plans. On larger projects, it is usual for an application to have to be made in
two stages, the first usually involving an award of development funding which allows the project to be worked up to a sufficiently advanced
stage to allow more serious, detailed consideration at stage two.