The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Heritage Emergency Fund (up to £50,000)

Covid 19 Heritage National Lottery Tuesday June 30th, 2020

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is awarding urgent grants of between £3,000-£50,000 to help not-for-profit organisations deal with immediate risks and become more stable. 

The Heritage Emergency Fund is short-term funding to support the immediate actions needed to stabilise operations and manage unforeseen risks. Applicants can only apply for essentials costs that cover unavoidable costs you will otherwise be unable to meet for up to four months.

To be eligible, applicants must be a current or previous recipient of a grant (over £10,000) directly from the Heritage Fund and not be in receipt of any other emergency funding from another National Lottery distributor e.g. The National Lottery Community Fund.

The funder will prioritise organisations that:

  • have limited or no alternative access to other sources of support, for example, from Governments, other National Lottery distributors, other emergency funding from trusts and foundations;
  • have already tried other options to stop being at risk such as putting projects on hold, rephasing milestones, repurposing other funding to support day-to-day operations, minimising costs but maximising the function of existing projects (value engineering);
  • are in greater financial risk from COVID-19 due to a reliance on trading or community fundraising income streams; and
  • are in greater financial risk due to limited reserves.

They will also prioritise applications where:

  • an organisation is contributing to the Heritage Fund outcomes around economic regeneration, inclusion and wellbeing, as defined in their Strategic Funding Framework;
  • an organisation is working within one or more of the 13 Areas of Focus as identified in their Strategic Funding Framework; and
  • heritage is most at risk*.

*Heritage at Risk is defined as:

  • heritage that is likely to be lost, damaged or forgotten
  • heritage that is designated as ‘at risk’
  • physical heritage sites that are decaying or neglected
  • heritage at risk due to financial difficulty
  • intangible heritage and cultural practices that might be lost
  • important habitats and species in decline

In assessing applications, they will also consider the material difference their support is likely to make in the context of the organisation, its size and relative to the scale of the risk faced by you and the heritage you look after. 

Before applying please speak:

  • to your local engagement team for advice if your National Lottery Heritage Fund project is complete;
  • to your investment manager if your National Lottery Heritage Fund project is still running. They will discuss your options; or
  • to your investment manager if you need to apply for any direct capital costs for an existing National Lottery Heritage Fund project. They may be able to offer an increase to your existing grant instead.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 June 2020. Decisions aim to be made within two to four weeks.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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