Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Aims/priorities: Grants are available for cultural and heritage organisations in England that were financially stable before the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure. The programme will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem to ensure that by 31 March 2021, successful applicants can reopen or, if reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach, to operate on a sustainable and cost-efficient basis so that they are able to reopen at a later date. Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. As a guide, this could include:

  • people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’)
  • cultural traditions (for example, stories, festivals, crafts, music and dance)
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • designed landscapes, such as parks and gardens
  • collections of objects, books or documents in libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Who can apply? Applications will be accepted from heritage organisations in England that are at risk of no longer trading viably this financial year. This includes:

  • 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 that are normally open to the public 28 days a year or more
  • For profit businesses that are a vital part of the heritage ecosystem and who generate the largest portion of their income from heritage work, this includes conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers
  • Organisations that manage culturally significant assets or collections
  • Organisations that provide significant support to the heritage sector.
  • Non-accredited museums.

Grant amount: Between £10,000 and £3 million are available. The funding must be spent by 31 March 2021.

Application process: Guidance notes, the application form and all other relevant documents can be found on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website. 

Deadline: Noon on 17 August 2020

Contact information: Tel: 020 8132 7290 Email:

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over £25,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Covid 19
Unpublish Date: 
Monday, 17 August, 2020