On behalf of the IHBC, Chair David McDonald has marked the Culture Recovery Fund’s 1-year anniversary helping ‘heritage organisations… contribute to the country’s economy and sense of well-being’.
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IHBC Chair David McDonald said: ‘The Culture Recovery Fund has proved to be a lifeline for many heritage organisations, both large and small. Their survival during these difficult times will enable them to continue and contribute to the country’s economy and sense of well-being in the future. Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage fund should be congratulated for their role in making this all happen’.
… additional £300 million at Budget…
… second round of the Heritage Stimulus Fund…
Historic England writes:
- On 5 July 2021, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund rescue package for cultural organisations was announced to help the sector survive, and when possible, reopen.
- To date, over 5,000 organisations and sites have been awarded funding from the Culture Recovery Fund, with 75% of awards to organisations outside London.
- The original fund was boosted by an additional £300 million at Budget, bringing DCMS’s total extra investment in the cultural and creative sectors to almost £2 billion since the start of the pandemic. The latest funding round aims to help organisations prepare to reopen and return to full capacity, while building a sustainable financial future by providing much needed financial support to protect organisations through to the end of the financial year.
- The Culture Recovery Fund is estimated to have supported tens of thousands of jobs based on applicant self-reporting. The second round alone has supported an estimated 52,000 full-time jobs and almost 100,000 freelancers until the end of June 2021.
The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
- Historic England has allocated £122 million through a joint fund with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which has supported almost 800 heritage organisations so far.
- The third round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage will deliver £40 million of grants across two strands. These will be available to organisations already in receipt of emergency funding and new applicants who are at imminent risk of failure due to the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19.
Heritage Stimulus Fund
- Historic England has distributed over £52 million through the first round of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, launched in the summer of 2020, for vital construction projects at some of the country’s cherished heritage sites.
- Historic England is launching the second round of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, with more than £30 million to support major projects and programmes of repair and restoration at nationally important heritage sites across the county which have been hit by the on-going impact of the pandemic. This round will support projects carried out by a variety of specialists and craftspeople across the country, thereby supporting this vulnerable sector as the nation starts to re-open.