Local MP urges Solihull groups to apply for new heritage grants

Julian Knight MP has urged Solihull organisations to apply for grants from the Government’s new, £92-million Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, applications for which are now open.

Would-be applicants should act fast: nominations close at midday on August 17th. Details for how to apply can be found on the Heritage Fund website.

Co-operated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, this new scheme offers grants to help support cultural and heritage businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is part of the broader Culture Recovery Fund, through which the Government is investing £1.57 billion to support this vital sector, in grants of up to £3 million, through the months ahead.

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.)

Commenting on the scheme, Julian Knight said:

“Britain has a long and rich history, and there is scarcely a community in the country which isn’t home to a cherished cultural asset or place of historic interest. We must not allow the pandemic to prevent us preserving these treasures for future generations.

“Conservation is not just about maintaining a physical site, but the network of volunteers – not to mention the skills and expertise – that goes into any successful heritage project.

“The Government has stepped up to make funds available, and I hope that as many local heritage groups as possible will apply for a grant and get the support they need.”