[Bell Historians] Heritage Lottery Funds

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford.t21 at b...
Tue Nov 2 12:29:06 GMT 2004

This sounds all very contradictory. The HLF is generally very keen on volunteering, and volunteer labour (and professional time) can routinely be allowed for in costing projects when making applications to the HLF. 

While I can understand (as others have said) that work must be carried out by an approved contractor and to an appropriate standard - another thing that the HLF routinely insist on - it seems most unlikely that any HLF requirements would prevent the use of voluntary labour

I write having written a couple of succesful HLF applications (in another field of activity) and whose current job is HLF funded (but with a commitment to "clocking up" hundreds of days of volunteer time during the two-year project period)

Chris Pickford

David Bryant <david at b...> wrote:
> A PCC near here has just received a very generous grant from Heritage 
> Lottery for the full restoration of their bells. The PCC Treasurer 
> is now claiming that local labour cannot be used to reduce the costs 
> as Heritage Lottery will not allow the use of volunteer labour in 
> projects it supports.

Unless these are new guidelines, I don't think it's right. Certainly, I know of a church in Somerset where the bells were augmented and rehung for the millennium with lottery funding and the work was done by one bellhanger and a group of volunteers, thus saving money.

Do the regulations perhaps state that work must be carried out by suitable professionals, and this has been misread to mean that locals cannot assist a professional?



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