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 £50,000.
- The £1.2m initiative Digital Skills for Heritage which directly supports digital skills and leadership across the sector. It has revised its plans to reflect the current crisis – find out more and how you can get involved.
- 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 between Monday 27 April and 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.
- A £2m commitment to our network of ROSS consultants in the new financial year. 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.
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.