The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced an emergency £50 million fund to support the country’s heritage during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The new fund will address the immediate pressures that occur over the next three to six months for those most in need.
The money will be diverted away from planned new grants, as all new grant applications have been halted.
Applications will be open to all heritage organisations, such as maritime and industrial heritage, historical sites, libraries and parks. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations that have received funding in the past and are either still under contract following a previous grant or are current recipients.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund will also continue to support 2,500 projects already being delivered across the UK, which adds up to a £1.1 billion commitment.
“We know that circumstances are incredibly challenging for our heritage community right now and we want to do everything we can to support them. We hope this new emergency fund and our investment in digital capability will be a lifeline for organisations affected.
Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, creating economic prosperity and supporting health and well-being. All of these are going to be vitally important as we emerge from this current crisis.”
Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director of Business Delivery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Other support is being offered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, such as an additional £1.2 million invested in the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative to help the sector through the crisis and beyond.
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