Organisations and individuals working in Northern Ireland’s heritage sector are able to apply for funding to recover from the impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
A total of £5.5 million is being made available in 2020 to help Northern Ireland’s heritage sector, both organisations and individuals, respond to the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and support their future sustainability.
Applicants must be based in Northern Ireland and can include:
- Heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction
- Private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction
- Organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections
- Businesses which are part of the heritage ecosystem, including conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers
- Self-employed or freelance individuals working in the heritage sector
The following grants are available:
- Grants of £3,000 to £250,000 for non-profit or private heritage organisations
- Grants of £3,000 or £5,000 for self-employed and freelance individuals working in the heritage sector
The funding is intended to cover the costs (from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) needed to help organisations recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 and to make sure that they are financially viable in the future. Applicants will need to consider the most effective route to future sustainability for their organisation, and the public benefit, including economic benefit, to the wider heritage ecosystem. This may include a combination of re-opening, partial re-opening and mothballing.
The funding can cover any reasonable cost that helps organisations recover and become viable.
Applications will be accepted from 2 November 2020 to noon on 27 November 2020.
Notification of decisions is expected to be by the end of January 2021 and payments in February 2021.
Applicants who are seeking a grant of more than £250,000 should complete an Expression of Interest form by noon on 13 November 2020.
The guidance notes and online application form are available from the Heritage Fund website.
A webinar will take place on Monday 9 November and on Thursday 12 November 2020.
The webinar will include a 15 minute overview of the fund, followed by a 45 minute Q&A session. To book onto one of these webinars, register here.