THE National Lottery Heritage Fund is now welcoming applications for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Past and current grantees are encouraged to apply for grants between £50,000-£250,000, in addition to the £3,000 to £50,000 grants which were launched in mid-April.
The Heritage Emergency Fund has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and can be used for both immediate emergency actions and to help organisations in the heritage sector begin to think about recovery. The new grants are available to cover essential costs for up to four months, to help organisations address immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery after the crisis.
This can include stabilising an organisation or heritage asset to address immediate risk, protecting heritage through mothballing, reconfiguring business plans or covering essential costs such as site security or maintaining natural habitats. Grants can also contribute towards increasing digital activities during this period, testing new activities that will help with recovery, and reviewing and revising strategic and operating plans.
Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has a particularly damaging effect on the heritage sector, just as many attractions would be welcoming paying visitors from home and overseas. We are continuing to talk with heritage organisations and adapt our response to their needs, which is why we have brought in this higher level of funding.
“Although we may not be able to fund everything, we do encourage organisations to get in touch and apply for funding. Heritage is incredibly valuable for people, communities and the economy. We want to support organisations to actively deal with immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery.”
Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston said:
“Heritage plays a vitally important role in making our communities better places to live, supports our wellbeing, and provides an important boost to local economies. This funding is playing a critical role in helping people, projects and communities from across the sector face the challenges presented by the pandemic.”
Applications open on Thursday 21 May and close on Tuesday 30 June 2020. For further information on all that the Fund is doing in response to the coronavirus see: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19