The £88m Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage offers grants to help heritage organisations or businesses cover operating costs, assess and adapt their business models, and become financially viable. This may include:
- Reopening costs – help to re-open and follow social distancing guidelines
- Operating costs – such as rent, insurance and security
- Hibernation costs – to support temporary changes to the way organisations, businesses and sites work
- Mothballing costs – this could mean closing a site to staff and the public, placing items into storage, or withdrawing from a touring exhibition
- Recovery costs – help to recover from the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and become financially sustainable in the future
An additional £4 million is being used to top up other support schemes for the sector.
Historic England are administering the grants in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Who can apply?
- Not for profit organisations that manage heritage sites, venues or attractions
- Local authorities, universities and other public sector bodies that manage heritage sites, venues or attractions
- Private owners of heritage sites, venues or attractions which are normally open to the public 28 days a year or more
- Heritage businesses that are part of the heritage ecosystem and generate the majority or a substantial portion of their turnover from heritage work – this includes conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers
- Organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections
Apply for funding
Grants of £10,000 to £1 million and £1 million to £3 million will be offered to help applicants that were financially sustainable before Covid-19 and after exhausting all other options for increasing their resilience are now at risk of failure. The grants must be spent by 31 March 2021.
- The fund will open for applications on 30 July 2020.
- The deadline for applications is midday on 17 August 2020.
There will be one application round and successful applicants will be notified on awards of up to £1 million by the end of September. Decisions on awards over £1 million will be shared in October.
Historic England will also work with the government as part of its £120m capital funding to restart heritage construction projects and help maintain heritage visitor attractions in England. Further details will be announced shortly.