Now in its 22nd year, the festival is the largest and longest running grassroots festival of its type, bringing together people all over England to celebrate what makes their neighbourhoods special.
For four days each September, thousands of buildings of every age, style and function fling open their doors to the public free of charge.
Stories are told, traditions explored and histories brought to life through activities like guided walks, talks, tours, demonstrations and hands-on history experiences for people of all ages.
Over the last decade, the North East has remained consistently high in the number of Heritage Open Days events taking part in the region with more than 360 events staged last September.
Heritage Open Days Manager, Katja Condy said: “With registration for this year’s festival only weeks away, we are delighted to receive this funding for Heritage Open Days. This new award from players will ensure that 2016’s Heritage Open Days, running from September 8 to 11, will enjoy the same success.”
Registration for organisers who want to take part in this year’s event opens on March 8.