Coronavirus: Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland

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Heritage Recovery Fund to help organisations and individuals in the heritage sector in Northern Ireland recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

NOTE: This fund is now closed.

Through the Stability and Renewal Fund for Organisations, grants from £3,000 to £250,000 will be available to help heritage organisations respond to the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as support their long-term sustainability.

Self-employed and freelance individuals working in the heritage sector will also be able to apply for grants of £3,000 or £5,000, helping to retain skills and jobs in the sector.  This is available via the Individual Resilience Fund.

This includes specialist heritage builders, conservators and craftspeople registered with an appropriate professional body. It could also include tour guides who provide heritage tours/tours at heritage sites

The Heritage Recovery Fund is delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, on behalf of the Department for Communities.

Stability and Renewal Fund for Organisations

Who can apply
Organisations eligible to apply for the fund include the following:

  • Not-for-profit organisations that manage heritage sites, venues, collections or attractions.
  • Private owners of heritage sites, venues or attractions that are normally open to the public 28 days a year or more.
  • For-profit businesses that are a vital part of the heritage ecosystem and who generate the largest portion of their income from heritage work. This includes conservators, contractors, specialists, suppliers and cooperatives.
  • Universities and other public sector bodies that manage heritage sites, venues or attractions. As separate funding is expected to be made available for local authorities they are not being prioritised under this fund. 
  • Organisations that provide significant support to the heritage sector.

This is a general list of organisations that make up a broad and varied heritage sector. If you don’t see your organisation listed above, you are encouraged to make an application

If you manage more than one heritage site, you should submit one application for your organisation as a whole. This so you can demonstrate the financial risk to your organisation and to ensure that your business planning needs are fully considered.

Who cannot apply
Under this fund applications will not be accepted from:

  • Organisations that manage heritage that is not in Northern Ireland. If your organisation is based in England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland and you manage heritage in Northern Ireland, you can apply for a proportion of your organisation’s costs related to the heritage in Northern Ireland.  
  • Organisations that were not operating sustainably before March 2020.
  • Organisations that can apply for support from the Stability and Renewal Programme for Organisations through Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Individual Resilience Fund for Self-employed and Freelance Individuals working in the Heritage sector

Who can apply
Individuals eligible to apply for the fund include the following:

  • Self-employed and freelance individuals working in the heritage sector.
  • Groups of individuals working in collaboration, provided there is a lead individual making the application.
  • Individuals over 18 and living in Northern Ireland.

Applicants to the individuals grant must supply a CV/statement about their career in the heritage sector to date. They must also provide a reference from an independent source to verify your practice.

The amount offered will depend on the number/value of applications received and the available budget.

How to apply

Applications to the Heritage Recovery Fund for organisations and individuals will open on Monday 2 November.

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 27 November 2020.

Read full details on the fund and how to apply.

First published 2 November 2020