Published date: 5 April 2022

Last edited date: 14 April 2022

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Closing: 22 April 2022, 5pm

Contract summary


  • Research consultancy services - 73210000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference

NHMF 307

Published date

5 April 2022

Closing date

22 April 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

3 May 2022

Contract end date

30 June 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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The Fund invests in the full breadth of the UK's heritage and, through our funding, we aim to make a lasting difference for heritage and people. We do not as an organisation value any kind of heritage, tangible or intangible, over another and remain strategically committed to this principle. This is reflected in the outcomes for heritage, people and communities which underpin our grant-making.

In addition to being a cross cutting theme of the current Strategic Funding Framework, place and the impact of heritage on places has risen in importance since the pandemic. Recent research conducted for the Heritage Fund showed that we can do more to encourage place-based working .

We currently define our place approach as awareness of the needs and opportunities for cultural and natural heritage and communities across a geographic area, as well as the role played by stakeholders in that area. This approach highlights the benefit partnership working brings when working across an area. We also know that place-based working can also mean that we need to set different objectives across our engagement and investment activities.

The Heritage Fund currently seeks to deliver place-based outcomes through:
• Devolved decision-making, which enables locally-based staff, with local expertise, to assess applications and make awards
• Our Strategic Funding Framework outcomes of "the local area will be a better place to live in, work or visit" and "the local economy will be boosted";
• The promotion of area-based schemes through our good practice guidance
• Targeted encouragement of applications from 13 prioritised Areas of Focus;
• Place-based funding partnerships with other distributors such as the Towns Fund, Future Parks Accelerator, Great Places, Landscape Partnerships and Townscape Heritage and,
• Internal tools and resources which provide staff with up-to-date data and insight into geographical areas.

Recent work to further improve our evidence in this area includes:
• Heritage Index developed with the RSA. The Heritage Index looks at local heritage assets and how they are used, enjoyed and shared, to reflect the state of heritage in the UK. It considers factors including listed buildings, levels of public participation and funding streams.

• Heritage and Place research conducted by Wavehill in partnership with DC Research. This research considered how well the Heritage Fund has delivered its strategic objective of demonstrating how heritage helps people and places to thrive.

Further information on our place approach can be found on our website and in the ITT uploaded in Contract Finder.

Your tender proposals must be sent electronically via e-mail before the tender return deadline of 22nd April 2022 5pm to the following contact:

The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Mezzanine Floor
International House
1 St Katharine's Way
London E1W 1UN

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About the buyer

Contact name

Faruk Barabhuiya


International House, St Katharines Way
United Kingdom