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Applications open for Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Applications are open for the £92m Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. This is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including designed landscapes such as parks and gardens. Funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The new Fund is part of the wider £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden at the beginning of July, which is the government’s biggest ever one-off investment in the sector.

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is open to:

  • Heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction
  • Private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction
  • Organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections
  • Businesses that are a vital part of the heritage ecosystem, including conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers
  • Organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections
  • Non-accredited museums are eligible.(accredited museums and those working towards accreditation should apply to the Culture Recovery Fund through Arts Council England.)

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, says: “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. It is vital in creating economic prosperity, in making local communities better places to live, and in supporting our own personal sense of wellbeing.  We remain dedicated to helping the heritage sector emerge from this crisis with strength and resilience so that it can thrive once again.”

Successful applicants for grants need to have an innovative plan for how they will operate and be sustainable for the remainder of this financial year. They also need to be able to demonstrate their international, national or local significance. Smaller, local organisations should demonstrate the role they play in cultural engagement with people from all backgrounds, the opportunities they create and how they benefit their local community and area. It doesn’t matter if they have received funding before. Grants are available from £10,000 up to £3m.

The guidance and application process is available here. After applications close at midday on Monday 17 August, decisions on awards will be made in late September.

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