How We Are Funded

English Heritage is the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment. In the past we received around three-quarters of our funding from Government in the form of Grant in Aid (GIA) but this was cut in the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review. By the end of the four-year Spending Review period in 2014/15 we will be receiving around 60%of our income from GIA and generating the rest ourselves from membership, our properties and from fundraising. 

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Income - Grant in Aid

In 2013/14 English Heritage received just over half of its income, £99.85 million, from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the form of Grant in Aid. Our Management Agreement with Government provides the context and framework for our work and sets out our key activities for the money we receive.

Self-Generated Income

English Heritage currently generates almost half of its income through commercial activities and fundraising.  The majority comes from membership, admissions to English Heritage properties, from retail and catering and from donations. In 2013/14 total self-generated income was £86.7 million.

The English Heritage Foundation

The English Heritage Foundation (registered charity no. 1140351) raises funds for English Heritage. All donations and bequests made to the Foundation go directly to support and enhance the National Collection of historic sites in English Heritage's care.