Therese Encourages Heritage Organisations to Apply for Recovery Fund

Therese is encouraging local heritage organisations to apply for a share of the £92m Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, that has been put in place by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The fund is designed to help heritage organisations recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.

Organisations are urged to apply swiftly before the deadline of midday on Monday 17 August.

Therese said: “Suffolk Coastal is teeming with heritage. Places like Sutton Hoo, the Leiston Longhop Museum and Snape Maltings just roll off the tongue. Many of which have been profoundly impacted by Covid. This is a great opportunity for our local heritage organisations to apply for funding to ensure their long term future as they start welcoming back members of the public.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “For many heritage organisations this funding will be the lifeline they have been waiting for and I urge them to apply as soon as possible. It is vital in creating economic prosperity, in making local communities better places to live, and in supporting our own personal sense of wellbeing.  We remain dedicated to helping the heritage sector emerge from this crisis with strength and resilience so that it can thrive once again.”

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England said: “The effect of Covid-19 on our heritage has been wide-reaching. The historic places that help define us are at risk of being lost forever. This Government emergency funding package of £92m, which we will deliver in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will be a lifeline for the heritage sector. England’s heritage is worth £31 billion to the economy, supports nearly half a million jobs and engages even more volunteers. It has a central role to play as the country moves towards a sustainable recovery.”

The guidance and application process, which has been made as straightforward as possible, is available at https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-for-heritage.

After applications close at midday on Monday 17 August, decisions on awards will be made in late September.