National Heritage Memorial Fund - COVID-19 Response Fund

funding update

Aims/priorities: Funding is intended to support any heritage asset which is of outstanding importance to the national heritage and at risk due to the impact of COVID-19, including:

  • Works of fine and decorative art.
  • Museum collections.
  • Archives.
  • Manuscripts.
  • Items of industrial, transport and maritime heritage.
  • Historic buildings and land.

Eligible costs and activities include:

  • Acquisition/purchase costs, including associated professional fees.
  • Transport costs, including conservation standard handling and packing for collections or heavy lift/transport costs for large items/historic vehicles.
  • Interim storage costs and investment in new permanent storage capacity.
  • Urgent conservation work necessary due to COVID-19 impact and investment to resolve maintenance backlog/deficit; collection care costs.
  • Condition surveys, cataloguing, management and conservation planning.
  • Professional fees, including legal and other fees to support asset transfer.
  • Ownership transition costs; fixed term support to enable sustainable rehoming of heritage asset.
  • Organisational development costs to support asset transfer; skills development/capacity building; business review and business planning support.

Who can apply? Applications will be accepted from charities, non-profit organisations and public sector organisations with responsibility for an asset of outstanding importance to the UK's national heritage which is at risk due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Grant amount: There are no minimum or maximum levels of grant. However, NHMF operates as a fund of last resort - applicants must show that they have explored, or are exploring, all other possible sources of funding, including their own resources.

Application process: The first step is to submit an Expression of Interest. Eligible applicants will then be invited to submit a full application.

Applications must be submitted using the online grants portal available at the NHMF website.

Deadline:  Applications may be made at any time until the fund's final closing date of 30 April 2023.

Contact Information:  Tel: 020 7591 6044 Email:

Website address:

Not specified
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Covid 19
Unpublish Date: 
Sunday, 30 April, 2023