Applications open for £92 million Culture Recovery Fund

Applications have opened for the £92 million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which is aimed at helping heritage organisations to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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 £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden earlier this month, 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.)

Organisations are urged to apply swiftly before the deadline of midday on Monday 17 August.

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 £3 million.

The guidance and application process, which has been made as straightforward as possible, is available at https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-for-heritage

After applications close at midday on Monday 17 August, decisions on awards will be made in late September.

The wider Culture Recovery Fund is the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture. Grants of up to £3 million will be allocated to arts, cultural and heritage organisations to protect important cultural assets and ensure arts and heritage continues to play a key role in levelling up the country. Separate portions of the funding are being distributed by Arts Council England for arts and culture, and the British Film Institute for film and cinema – and in collaboration with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.  

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