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National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme

The National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme (NHPCP) funds projects that support the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP), which was launched in May 2011 and sets out how English Heritage will prioritise and deliver heritage protection for the next four years (2011-2015).

If you are already familiar with the process of applying to NHPCP you can go straight to the pages on the latest calls for proposals or current invitations to tender.

What Types Of Project Are Eligible For Funding?

The National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme (NHPCP) can only fund projects which directly address our main strategic priorities. At this time these priorities are outlined in two management documents; the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) and SHAPE, the Strategic Framework for Historic Environment Activities and Programmes in English Heritage.

If you are already familiar with the process of applying to NHPCP you can go straight to the pages on the latest calls for proposals or current invitations to tender.

An image of the Old Church of St Andrew's in Upleatham, Cleveland

A view of the Old Church of St Andrew's in Upleatham, Cleveland
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All projects must contribute to an NHPP measure or, if they do not have a direct protection outcome, a SHAPE sub-programme.

A full list of projects previously funded by English Heritage NHPCP can be found at SHAPE Online. However, some recent projects will be missing as the site is currently being updated.

The National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP)

The National Heritage Protection Plan was launched in May 2011 and sets out how English Heritage will prioritise and deliver heritage protection for the next four years (2011-2015).

The NHPCP covers all aspects of the Historic Environment including our marine and built heritage. Funding can be provided for the following types of projects:

  • assessing and responding to strategic threats affecting the Historic Environment, for example threats to heritage assets from urban development or heritage crime,
  • surveying and identifying historic areas and landscapes,
  • assessing the significance and character of the Historic Environment,
  • developing responses to threats facing the Historic Environment.

The NHPCP will also consider emergency funding to investigate unforeseen nationally significant heritage assets that are revealed during the planning process.

In exceptional cases we will also consider funding nationally significant assets at risk outside of the planning process.

Supporting Actions

The NHPCP will also consider projects which address NHPP Supporting Actions. These Supporting Actions do not deliver protection in their own right, but are essential to the successful implementation  of the plan. Funding can be provided for the following types of projects which are referenced in SHAPE:

  • training and skills / standards and guidance development,
  • research resources,
  • methodological and technical development,
  • knowledge transfer (conferences, workshops, seminars)
  • development of better systems and new resources,
  • development of local authority resources (other than HERs)

Who Can Apply?

All organisations, ranging from local authorities and universities to charitable trusts and limited companies, are eligible for funding through the National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme. Individuals are also eligible provided they can demonstrate that they are registered as self-employed.

When To Apply?

There are three ways to apply for funding through NHPC. 

  1. NHPC issues invitations to tender with new projects being added hroughout the year, so please check regularly.
  2. NHPC issues calls for proposals with new proposals being added throughout the year, so please check regularly.
  3. NHPC also supports an open programme, which means that applications can be submitted at any time. In this case applications should be discussed with the relevant NHPP Activity Lead prior to submitting a proposal.  Please email NHPP@english-heritage.org.uk and your query will be forwarded to the relevant Activity Lead. 

Our ability to fund projects will depend upon the resource available. We may defer or reject applications due to limited resources.

Please see the NHPCT contact list in related documents on the right hand side of this page for details of the appropriate Project Officer to contact.

How To Apply?

The National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme is managed by the National Heritage Protection Commissions Team at English Heritage. 

For a summary of application procedures please see 'How to Apply' in related documents on the right hand side of this page.

Please note that all regional or local projects should be discussed with the appropriate English Heritage Local Office before you submit a proposal to the National Heritage Protection Commissions Team.  

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Microscopic analysis of waterlogged plant remains
© Trent & Peak Archaeology

For more detailed guidance please see our full 'Guidance for Applicants' in related documents.

Information For Applicants

  • Project Management: All projects must be compliant with Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment Management of Research Projects in the Historic Environment (MoRPHE)
  • Project Signposting: All survey and investigation projects must be registered through OASIS or its successor(s).
  • Project Archive: Almost all projects create an archive. Proof must be supplied that suitable long-term storage arrangements have been made for the archive with an appropriate repository such as a Museum, Record Centre or digital archive.

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