Heritage lover? Help shape the HLF’s funding decisions

HLF is seeking heritage lovers with a variety of backgrounds and skills to help shape its funding decisions in the South East.

The Heritage Lottery Fund gives millions to arts, heritage and cultural projects each year – and over the last 23 years it has invested £7.6bn in everything from the regeneration of historic buildings and museums, to Victorian drinking fountains in the Malverns, parks and gardens – and training projects giving new skills to people including young workers and those who have been unemployed. It supports projects where heritage can also benefit the whole community and draw people together: History of Place is just one of the many projects made possible by HLF.

Vacancies on the HLF South East committee

HLF is now looking for heritage lovers to join its South East England committee and help make decisions on where to invest funds from the National Lottery.

What sort of people is HLF looking for?

HLF says

  • Our committee members are united by a passion for and commitment to heritage and to supporting our aim to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.
  • Our committee members come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds such as heritage, community, charity, voluntary, commercial, financial, public, private, cultural, regeneration, tourism and academia.
  • HLF welcomes applications from people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, disabled people and younger individuals.

Find out more about the roles by watching HLF’s film on our YouTube channel Read interviews with Jenny Cousins, Joff Whitten, Rachel Chiu and committee chair Maria Adebowale-Schwarte. Please email HLF if you have a general query and would like to speak to someone about the recruitment process.

Finding out more and how to apply

The deadline for applications is 9th October 2017.


What the work involves

HLF has 12 committees based across the UK, supported by our local teams. The committees meet four times a year.

HLF recruits committee members once a year and encourages applications from a wide range of people. We welcome individuals with experience from across the cultural sector as well as those from other relevant backgrounds. A good mix of personalities and skills enables us to better represent the cultural identity and the diverse communities that we serve.

The role of the committees is primarily to:

  • Make decisions on grants from £100,000 to £2m
  • Recommend the funding priorities for applications of £2m and above


Members will be entitled to claim a daily fee of £85. Members are not reimbursed for time spent reading papers. Reasonable travel and expenses are reimbursed in line with HLF’s published expenses policy.

For attending interviews, we pay the cost of public transport actually taken between your home and the place of the interview, as long as you can provide receipts, or mileage at the rate of 45p per mile.


HLF facilitates participation by deaf and disabled people on committees; Its London offices are wheelchair accessible. It aims to meet the requirements and preferences of all candidates/committee members – for example it has provided a stenographer for deaf committee member and has BSL at interviews for deaf candidates.

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