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Succesfull/Unsuccesful Heritage Lottery Bids since January 1st 2014.

Scott Rivers made this Freedom of Information request to The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Dear Heritage Lottery Fund,

Please could you provide me with a list of all of the bids submmited to the HLF since January 1st 2014, in the following format.

Date, Lead Organisation, Status of bid (was it succesful or not), and value of funding sought in the bid

Yours faithfully,

Scott Rivers

Emma Mastin, The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Dear Scott,

Thank you for your email. I have forwarded to our FOI department and they will respond.

Kind regards,

Emma

Emma Mastin
Customer Information Assistant
Heritage Lottery Fund
7 Holbein Place
London SW1W 8NR
Phone: 020 7591 6042
Email: [email address]
Website: www.hlf.org.uk

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David Maynard, The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Dear Scott,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act.  All of the information that you requested is routinely
published on the HLF website on the following pages:

[1]http://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/corporate...
  

 

[2]http://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/corporate...  

 

As the information is published on the website in a number of different
files, I have pulled together the information that you have requested into
the attached spreadsheet for your convenience.  Please note that in order
to handle your request within the cost limit set out in the FOIA, we have
interpreted your request as not covering the relatively small number
(0.3%) of applications which were received but withdrawn before being
decided on.  Please also note that an even smaller number (0.06%)of grant
decisions have been withheld under Sections 22 and 43, as these are
intended for future publication and their publication at the present time
could compromise the delivery of these projects .   The majority of these
decisions will be published on the HLF website within the next two months.

Explanation of Exemptions  

 

Section 22

Section 22 of the FOIA states that information is exempt if, at the

time a public authority receives a request for it:

• the public authority holds it with a view to its publication;

• the public authority or another person intends to publish

the information at some future date, whether determined

or not; and

• in all the circumstances it is reasonable to withhold the

information prior to publication.

 

Under Section 22 we are also required to carry out a public interest test
to determine whether the public interest in disclosing information
intended for future publication is outweighed by the public interest in
withholding the information.

 

Public Interest Test

Under Section 22 we are also required to carry out a public interest test
to determine whether the public interest in disclosing information
intended for future publication is outweighed by the public interest in
withholding the information.

 

Factors in favour of disclosure

• It is acknowledged that disclosing the information requested would
enhance transparency and accountability.

• As a publicly funded organisation, the public has a legitimate interest
in HLF’s activities.

 

Factors against disclosure

•        The information will be made public via the HLF website and by
our grantees in the very near future

•        Making the information public now could compromise the delivery
of these projects

•        Making the information public now could damage HLF’s
relationships of mutual trust and confidence with our grantees, which are
essential to the effective delivery of our core business function

 

Conclusion

HLF considers the factors against disclosure to outweigh those in favour
of disclosure. It is essential that HLF is able to retender its contracts
in line with other public authorities.

 

Section 43(2) – Prejudicial to commercial interests

A public authority is entitled to withhold information under this
provision where disclosure of that information would be likely to
prejudice the commercial interests of any persons (including the authority
holding the information).

 

These applications are for the acquisition of heritage assets at
auction.   Making the fact that such acquisitions are planned public at
the present time could compromise the ability of the applicants to secure
these assets for the public, by giving other bidders intelligence on the
interest and likely financial resources of the applicant organisations in
the bidding process.  All such applicants have made it clear to HLF that
they consider the fact and detail of their applications to be commercially
sensitive and that the revelation of the information ahead of the
acquisition date could compromise their ability to secure the heritage
assets sought. 

 

The revelation of this information could also threaten HLF’s commercial
interests by undermining the relationship of mutual trust and confidence
with our applicants, upon which we rely to effectively deliver our core
business of grant giving.  Breaking this trust and confidence could deter
other applicants from seeking HLF funding and from attempting to secure
heritage assets being sold at auction.

 

Under Section 43(2) we are also required to carry out a public interest
test to determine whether the public interest in disclosing commercially
prejudicial information is outweighed by the public interest in
withholding the information.

 

PUBLIC INTEREST TEST

 

Factors in favour of disclosure

·           It is acknowledged that disclosing the information requested
would enhance transparency and accountability.

·           As a publicly funded organisation, the public has a legitimate
interest in HLF’s activities.

·           Disclosure would increase public awareness about the work of
HLF and its grantees.

 

Factors against disclosure

·           It is not in the public interest for the commercial viability
of HLF’s applicants and grantees to be jeopardised unnecessarily, or for
their commercial interests to be disproportionately prejudiced.

·           It is not in the public interest for heritage assets to be
lost to the public through the compromise of the auction process

·           It is not in the public interest for the processes through
which public funding is invested to be compromised. HLF is required to
ensure that these processes are robust, fair, impartial, and not subject
to undue influence. Releasing information provided in confidence for these
purposes would distort this.

·           It is not in the public interest for applicants to be deterred
from applying for funding, or engaging with us, because they have concerns
relating to the protection of their confidential and commercially
sensitive information.

·           This information will be made public as soon as it ceases to
be commercially sensitive.

 

Conclusion

HLF considers that the arguments against disclosure outweigh those in
favour of release.  HLF relies on a relationship of mutual trust and
confidence with its applicants and grantees in order to successfully
deliver Lottery projects.  The breach of this trust and confidence would
have wider detrimental effects on HLF’s ability to deliver projects as
well as the clear and more immediate damage that the release of this
information would have to the applicant organisations concerned.

 

I hope you find this information useful.   If you have any further
questions or would like to discuss this information, please feel free to
contact me directly.

If you are unhappy with the way that your request has been handled, please
let me know and I will arrange for an internal review of the handling of
your request.

 

David

 

 

David Maynard

Deputy Secretary to the Board

Heritage Lottery Fund

[3]www.hlf.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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