The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Sponsor of the Sustainable Project of the Year Award


The National Lottery Heritage Fund is delighted to again sponsor the annual Sustainable Project of the Year award which celebrates sustainability in the museum sector.

It is free to enter and will celebrate the UK museum, heritage or cultural organisation which has created the most outstanding environmentally sustainable project or exhibition in 2019.

Why we’re doing this


“Urgent action needs to be taken for the future of our environment and it’s never been more important for us all to think, and act, sustainably through the work we all do in the heritage sector.”

Isabel Hunt, Executive Director of Business Innovation and Insight at The National Lottery Heritage Fund

In our Strategic Funding Framework 2019–2024 we set out how we expect all projects we fund to improve their environmental sustainability and particularly to create positive benefits for nature.

In light of the climate and ecological emergency, we think it’s more important than ever that we celebrate those organisations and projects that share our commitment to sustainability.

“We are delighted to launch The Sustainable Project of the Year award which will provide much-deserved recognition to the heritage organisations and projects which have made great strides, or indeed small but innovative steps, in reducing their environmental impact and committing to sustainability.”

What we’re looking for


We’re looking for projects which can demonstrate examples of best practice in:

•    managing environmental impacts, particularly energy efficiency, recycling and reuse

•    sourcing materials

•    sustainable procurement

•    green visitor travel planning

We’re also asking entrants to identify wider economic, social or environmental benefits – to the museum/organisation or the community – which have come about through “thinking sustainably”.

Your application must apply to projects or exhibitions which have been open for part or all of 2020. You do not have to have had previous investment from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Anna Preedy, director of the annual Museums + Heritage Awards, said: “These awards recognise the amazing achievements, creativity, innovation, hard work and utter commitment evident throughout the museums and heritage sector.

“The awards have become the benchmark for excellence and the shortlistees and winners represent the very best of the best.”

Click here to find out how to apply for The Sustainable Project of the Year Award in partnership with The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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