Updated: 15 April 2020 (copied from the HLF website)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) virus is a worrying time for all of us and having a significant impact on the people and organisations we work with. HLF want to reassure everyone we fund that we will be as flexible and supportive as we can be during this very challenging time.
If you are concerned about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your heritage project or organisation, please don’t hesitate to contact your Investment Manager/Senior Investment Manager in the first instance. Or, if you have a general enquiry, contact our Customer Service team.
Please check our website regularly to get the latest news and updates.
Our Heritage Emergency Fund
We have made £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
We will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites we have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.
The Heritage Emergency Fund is available as:
A fund that organisations can access over the next few months as short-term funding to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Grants of between £3,000-£50,000 will be available.
A select number of key strategic investments where heritage is identified as at greatest risk. This could include grant increases to funded projects that are currently underway.
In addition, we are also supporting the heritage sector by:
Enabling organisations that have received grant funding and are currently delivering projects to delay or change the way the projects are delivered. This can include changes to approved purposes, flexibility on costs within a project, early drawdown of grant payment, a relaxation of some conditions of the grant, and flexible use of contingency funding.
Providing bespoke advice and support via our local teams and in some cases, via our specialist network of mentors.
Accelerating the provision of our £1.2m Digital Skills for Heritage initiative to help the sector through the crisis and beyond. This will include support for organisations to run activities and events, reach audiences, engage volunteers, share content and fundraise online.
For the longer term, to help with recovery from the current crisis, we have invested £4m in two enterprise development programmes for heritage leaders across the UK, and business support programmes in all four countries. More information will be available in due course.
Decisions on awards under the Heritage Emergency Fund will be made as quickly as possible to support those in the sector with the greatest need.
Our guidance sets out eligibility and prioritisation criteria for the Heritage Emergency Fund, as well as examples of what the funding can be used for. The key thing to know is that applicants must be:
a not-for-profit organisation, and
a current or previous recipient of a grant directly from us, and
an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show you have delivered participatory heritage activity