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Higher emergency grants offered to heritage sector

Words: Laura Edgar
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The National Lottery Heritage Fund is welcoming applications for larger grants to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

The organisation wants past and current recipients to apply for grants between £50,000 and £250,000. This is in addition to the £3,000 to £50,000 grants that were launched in mid-April.

The Heritage Emergency Fund has been made possible because of money raised by National Lottery players.

The cash can be used for both immediate emergency actions and to help organisations in the UK heritage sector begin to think about recovery.  

These new grants are available to cover essential costs for up to four months and to begin the work needed for long-term re-emergence from the crisis.

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “The coronavirus crisis has a particularly damaging effect on the heritage sector, just as many attractions would be welcoming paying visitors from home and overseas. We are continuing to talk with heritage organisations and adapt our response to their needs, which is why we have brought in this higher level of funding. 

“Although we may not be able to fund everything, we do encourage organisations to get in touch and apply for funding. Heritage is incredibly valuable for people, communities and the economy. We want to support organisations to actively deal with immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery.” 

Applications open today (21 May) and close on 30 June 2020. More information can be found on The National Lottery Heritage Fund website.

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