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Investing in resilience and recovery

Investing in resilience and recovery

We are helping UK heritage organisations boost their resilience and recovery during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and beyond.

When we carried out consultation for our Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024, people told us that our most important role, beyond grant making, was supporting the UK's heritage organisations to increase their capacity and resilience.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis this has never been more important for the sector. We are taking a short, medium and long-term approach:

  • a £50million Heritage Emergency Fund available for grants of between £3,000 and £250,000
  • the £1.2m Digital Skills for Heritage initiative which directly supports digital skills and leadership across the sector
  • the Digital Attitudes and Skills for Heritage (DASH) survey, which will help us match organisations to support and to shape our planning. Registration is now open in English and Welsh. The full survey will be open until Friday 10 July.
  • continuing to support the 2,500 projects we have already committed to funding, and being as flexible as possible for our existing grantees
  •  providing bespoke advice and support
  • £2m commitment to our network of ROSS consultants in 2020/2021. We will direct that support to organisations in need. 
  • working closely with the Government, other funders and heritage organisations to bring together support for the sector. We are considering further strategic responses to organisations in difficulty
  • In the longer term, we have invested £4m across the UK in business support programmes and two enterprise development programmes for heritage leaders. More information on this soon.

Open programmes

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have halted all new grant applications for our open programmes, National Lottery Grants for Heritage.


  • Photo of Ashton Old Baths: the derelict Victorian swimming baths has been transformed into a hub for creative and digital businesses thanks to National Lottery funding.