The second round of the Culture Recovery Fund looks forward to spring and early summer 2021, when it is expected that cultural organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions. Over £300million of grants is available, covering the period April-June, to support cultural organisations with the costs they will face as they welcome back visitors.
Applications to the second round of funding will open on the 7th of January and close on the 26th of January. Grants from £10k to £3m are available with a focus on assisting re-opening. Capital works can be included if minor repairs and maintenance are needed to make the building safe for visitors.
Full details of the fund and an application form are available at https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-heritage-second-round
These grants are available to listed Places of Worship who are reopening their building to the public and who will engage with the wider community with their heritage. Funding cannot be sought for work that would be categorised as a promotion of your faith or capital projects, such as major repairs. Previous applicants to the Culture Recovery Fund – both successful and unsuccessful - can apply to this new fund but should check specific threshold limits to ensure they do not exceed the allowable limits.
To assist applications, we have produced guidance notes on the application criteria and form, and we hope that this will assist those who were unsuccessful in the first round of applications.
A webinar that covers an overview and purpose of the fund, the eligibility criteria, what can be applied for, and some top tips and common pitfalls around the application process can also be found on the Cultural Recovery fund page. A walkthrough of how to complete the application form is also available.