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.”