South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage open to applications until noon 17 August

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has opened applications for the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which will help heritage organisations recover from the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applications will be accepted until noon 17 August 2020. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is providing £92m with grants from £10,000 up to £3m available for heritage organisations in England. It is distributing this government funding in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by DCMS.

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

  • grants from £10,000 to £3million
  • for organisations in England only
  • funding must be spent by the end of this financial year, 31 March 2021

This programme will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem to ensure that by 31 March 2021, successful applicants can reopen or, if reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach, to operate on a sustainable and cost-efficient basis so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “For many heritage organisations this funding will be the lifeline they have been waiting for and I urge them to apply as soon as possible.

“As the lockdown has lifted, and the public begin to return to some of our much-loved places, the true value of our heritage is more obvious than ever. Heritage is vital in creating economic prosperity, in making local communities better places to live, and in supporting our own personal sense of wellbeing.”

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England said: “This crucial funding will help the organisations and businesses who look after our locally-cherished historic sites. It is a recognition that investing directly in historic places can bring wide ranging social benefits, inspiring communities to engage with their past and encouraging creativity, regeneration and growth.”

Organisations have until until noon on 17 August 2020 to apply. The National Lottery Heritage Fund will aim to assess applications and make decisions by the end of September, for applications up to £1million. Applications for £1million or more will be reviewed by an independent board appointed by DCMS, with decisions taking slightly longer.

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