About Us
Three school girls with clipboards sitting on the rocks at Giant’s Causeway

Working at HLF 

Thank you for your interest in the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This is a unique organisation which offers excellent job opportunities and real scope for personal and professional development.

"Deciding on whether to apply for a new job, with new surroundings, new colleagues and a new role, raises lots of questions. To help you decide whether the HLF is for you we have put together some general information about the benefits of working for the Fund."

Carole Souter - Chief Executive

Read on for more information about job opportunities at HLF. An overview of our recruitment process for Committee opportunities can be found further down the page.

Job opportunities

HLF is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from a diverse range of people and backgrounds. We are an 'Investors in People' accredited organisation and continue to support the Double Tick Disability symbol. We have eleven regional and country offices throughout the UK and employ a wide range of skilled people in grant giving, development work, strategic and business development as well as those who work in communications, finance, IT, personnel and secretariat. We offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package and encourage an ethos of learning and development throughout the organisation.

View job opportunities at HLF


Committee opportunities

View our film Make a difference: Become a committee member to find out more about what it’s like to be a committee member on one of our 12 committees across the UK.

Make a difference video transcript (PDF, 157KB)

 Committee opportunities

There are 12 committees across the UK, supported by our local teams who work with a range of organisations to deliver projects that will give people an opportunity to learn about, experience, care for and protect our heritage. Our committees are made up of local people recruited through open competition. Committees usually have seven members and each year we recruit to replace committee members who have reached the end of their appointment period. Appointments are made by the Board chair and are for three years in the first instance.

Apply to become a Committee member – There are currently no committee vacancies

Committees meet four times a year and chairs guide meetings where members are responsible for:

•making decisions on grant applications from £100,000 up to £2 million
• for recommending funding priorities and providing a crucial local perspective for applications of £2 million and above and for those submitted within the targeted initiatives and decided by the Board

Committees also

• maintain a strategic oversight of decision making within the programmes awarding grants under £100,000 and delegated to staff by attending some of the small grants meetings
• have a role to play as representatives of, and advocates for, HLF in their locality. This may include attending a meeting or visit with staff or project openings and events

The North West grants team volunteering on a HLF funded project in Cumbria
The North West grants team
volunteering on the HLF funded
'Fix the Fells' project

Staff on 'Wear it Red' charity day
Staff on 'Wear it Red' charity day

The South East team take up the RSPB challenge 'Slash & Burn'
The South East team take up the
RSPB challenge 'Slash & Burn'

Committee Chair, Inga Grimsey visits the National Jazz Archive project
Committee Chair, Inga Grimsey, visits the National Jazz Archive project