I am pleased to provide details of the Heritage Emergency Fund which have been provided to me by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund have been working hard to support Scotland’s vitally important heritage organisations, which contribute so much to our sense of community identity, place and wellbeing, as well as to economic drivers such as tourism.
In April the Fund introduced an initial strand of £3K-£50K grants via the Heritage Emergency Fund, a £50 million support package, to support heritage organisations in stabilising their operations and manage risks to the heritage during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Fund has listened to the evolving needs of the sector and has now opened a second funding strand of grants of between £50K and £250K, to help organisations to start to explore recovery from COVID-19 and beyond. This support is to help with operational costs and to safeguard heritage at risk, now and for the longer term.
The application process for these larger grants opened on Thursday 21 May 2020 (closing on 30 June 2020) and they have issued new guidance for applicants. Given the scale of these grants we hope to support organisations which:
- make an outstanding contribution to places and communities
- focus on heritage which is at risk as a result of COVID-19
- have received significant past investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund
- are able to demonstrate a track record and future potential to deliver strongly on our outcomes, notably inclusion, wellbeing and the economy