State Aid award data for year end December 2019

We are required under the European Commission transparency requirements to include State Aid individual award data on our website, including details of any exemptions.

The following projects have been awarded with State Aid exemptions by the Trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund for the year ending December 2019.

North York Moors Historic Railway Trust

  • Date of grant: 8 April 2019
  • Reference: HG-16-03834
  • Type of enterprise: Small / medium size enterprise (SME)
  • State Aid element: £4,436,400
  • Aid instrument and exemption: Article 17 (SME Investment Aid) General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and Article 53 (Aid for Culture and Heritage Conservation)

Objective of aid

Removing the barriers for future generations to enjoy one of the world’s leading heritage railways. Investing in the most vulnerable bridges and in the care and conservation of irreplaceable passenger carriages. Opening up the railway to people with mobility challenges. Enhancing interpretation and learning for visitors – families, adults and schoolchildren.

 

Inner City Music Ltd

  • Date of grant: 1 May 2019
  • Reference: HG-17-00394
  • Type of enterprise: Small / medium size enterprise (SME)
  • State Aid element: £1,400,000
  • Aid instrument and exemption: Article 17 (SME Investment Aid) General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and Article 53 (Aid for Culture and Heritage Conservation)

Objective of aid

Restoring and extending the Cocozza Wood building to provide an accessible performance space and deliver learning and community engagement. Focusing on local social history and the musical traditions of folk, jazz, Jewish music and reggae rooted in the local migrant communities.

 

Bradford Live and Bradford Metropolitan District Council 

  • Date of grant: 20 June 2019
  • Reference: HE-18-00370
  • Type of enterprise: Small / medium size enterprise (SME)
  • State Aid element: £959,500
  • Aid instrument and exemption: Article 17 (SME Investment Aid) General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and Article 53 (Aid for Culture and Heritage Conservation)

Objective of aid

Transforming the former Odeon cinema (a building on the Theatres Trust ‘at risk’ register) in central Bradford into a sustainable, professionally-run, 4,000-capacity live entertainment venue, rejuvenating the city and re-kindling civic pride. Located in an area of severe deprivation, the project will drive economic regeneration by providing jobs, training, volunteering opportunities and annual events.

Having a significant social impact by educating people about Bradford’s history and multi-cultural heritage. It will support community cohesion and develop social identity, reimagining the building for 21st-century usage.

 

Blackpool Council

  • Date of grant: 3 July 2019
  • Reference: HG-17-05320
  • Type of enterprise: Small / medium size enterprise (SME)
  • State Aid element: £4,000,000
  • Aid instrument and exemption: Article 17 (SME Investment Aid) General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and Article 53 (Aid for Culture and Heritage Conservation)

Objective of aid 

The creation of Blackpool’s first museum celebrating Britain’s great showtown and seaside resort. Bringing a rich community memory to life. 

Located on Blackpool’s Golden Mile, within the redeveloped Sands Building, it will attract thousands of visits annually, deliver jobs and provide regional economic benefit. An immersive and interactive experience filled with objects, film, music and performance for all to enjoy. 

It will feature Britain’s first permanent displays of circus, music, variety and ballroom dance utilising Blackpool’s internationally significant collections and loans from national partners and individuals.

 

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

  • Date of grant: 13 September 2019
  • Reference: OL-19-00067
  • Type of enterprise: Small / medium size enterprise (SME)
  • State Aid element: £1,507,400
  • Aid instrument and exemption: Article 17 (SME Investment Aid) General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and Article 53 (Aid for Culture and Heritage Conservation)

Objective of aid

Supporting the phase 1 of the works for the development and delivery of the site at Grade 1 Listed Wentworth Woodhouse. To include the Camelia House and the Southern range of stables, including the Riding School.

 

Historic Coventry Trust 

  • Date of grant: 20 December 2019
  • Reference: OM-19-02330
  • Type of enterprise: Small / medium size enterprise (SME)
  • State Aid element: £249,000
  • Aid instrument and exemption: Article 17 (SME Investment Aid) General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and Article 53 (Aid for Culture and Heritage Conservation)

Objective of aid

Making Coventry's Grade 1 listed, at risk Mediaeval Gates at Swanswell and Cook Street a contemporary visitor attraction and available to the public for the first time.