Our partnership with National Lottery Heritage Fund 


Fit for the Future is working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help applicants embed environmental sustainability within their projects.


What should you do?

  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund recommends that all applicants join Fit for the Future. This will help ensure your project achieves the very best standards for environmental sustainability and will strengthen your application.
  • You can include the membership fee as an eligible project cost in your application. Don't forget to calculate how many years' membership you will need: this fee will then be included in any grant.
  • You can join Fit for the Future directly at any stage in the application process. However, if your application is unsuccessful, National Lottery Heritage Fund will be unable to cover the membership fee. 

For further information, please contact us.


How does Fit for the Future work?


We are an environmental sustainability network of more than 80 organisations and hundreds of environmental practitioners, managed by a central team. Fit for the Future supports people to make good decisions about integrating environmental measures into their projects. We do this by enabling the sharing of good ideas, expertise and practical experience between the people and organisations involved. By tapping into the vast pool of knowledge that exists in the network people can more quickly and successfully with embedding sustainability.


The Fit for the Future team ‘match-make’ members based on need and experience. You might chat to another practitioner on the phone, exchange emails, meet in person or connect at our regular meetings, site visits and events.An organisation that has already gone through a process can offer others invaluable advice about what went well, what the challenges were, and what they might have done differently. 

 Anita Phillips Quote


Sustainability can be broken down into the following key areas, and Fit for the Future can offer advice and guidance on each.



Buildings and Asset Management

Whether your project includes construction of a new building or the refurbishment/ retrofit of an older one, there are a number of things to consider in order to embed sustainability from the get go from materials and construction to energy control and efficiency. 

Case Studies

A Capital Redevelopment Project at the Whitworth, an art gallery and garden in central Manchester

A Capital Redevelopment Project at Oxford House, a community and arts centre in London


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Energy Innovation

Many network members have installed renewable energy solutions in order to generate their own clean energy on site and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, thus decarbonising in the process.

Case Studies

This case study detailing a Church of England project at Portsmouth Cathedral  describes how expenditure on grid electricity was reduced by 40% thanks to on-site renewable energy generation and energy efficiency measures.  

This Blencathra Field Studies Centre case study demonstrates how renewable energy has also been utilised at a remote, rural site.

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There are several key things to consider in terms of reducing waste and managing waste streams in more environmentally sustainable ways. These include minimising waste in the first instance and recycling and reusing where feasible. Many Fit for the Future members are working towards, or have already achieved, zero waste to landfill, which means that all waste is either re-used or recycled.

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Land and nature

Both reducing any potential negative impacts on land and nature, and embedding environmental benefits into a project, are important to consider. 


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Climate impacts

Climate impacts such as extreme weather events and increased rainfall are projected over the coming decades, and should be considered from the outset of projects in order to ensure that they are as future-proof as possible. 

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Addressing sustainability can often be viewed as compromising on comfort and health in place of a greener outcome. However there is a lot that can be gained from climate action and this focus on people shouldn't be forgotten. This helpful toolkit from Ashden outlines some of the co-benefits. 

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Sustainable approaches to travel and transport can play a part in reducing emissions as well as promoting healthier alternatives that do not have negative environmental impacts 

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Governance and Communications

Strategies and plans that reflect how the project will address sustainability issues and the setting of relevant targets are important considerations. 

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