Heritage Emergency Fund from The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Support provided by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

What does this involve?

The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for funding to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grants are available in two levels of funding:

  • £3,000 to £50,000
  • £50,000 to £250,000

You can apply for all levels of funding up until 30 June 2020. The National Lottery will review this timescale in line with need and demand.

Demand for these funds is expected to be high. Applicants will be prioritised based on the specified criteria.

Am I eligible?

To apply for any level of Heritage Emergency Fund, you must be:

  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a current or previous recipient of a grant directly from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

For grants between £3,000 and £50,000, you must also be an owner, manager or representative of heritage, or be able to show you have delivered participatory heritage activity.

For grants between £50,000 and £250,000, you must also be an owner or manager of a heritage asset that is at risk due to the financial needs of your organisation over the next four months.

You are not eligible if you are:

  • a statutory organisation, for example, a local authority, even if you have previously received funding from the Heritage Fund
  • a private owner of heritage, even if you have previously received funding from the Heritage Fund
  • an organisation that has previously only received funding for project grants of £10,000 and under
  • an organisation mainly funded by the UK and devolved Governments
  • an organisation that has already accepted emergency funding from another National Lottery distributor

For grants between £50,000 and £250,000, you are also not eligible if:

  • you've already been awarded a grant for a specific one-off acquisition of portable heritage, for example, a painting
  • you've applied to the Heritage Emergency Fund £3,000 to £50,000 grant level and have not been successful
  • you've already been awarded a grant through the Heritage Emergency Fund

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This fund is for not-for-profit organisations in the heritage sector.

How long does this take?

You will normally receive a decision within 2 to 4 weeks.

Important information

Applications will be prioritised if they:

  • have limited or no access to other sources of support, for example, from Governments, other National Lottery distributors or other emergency funding from trusts and foundations
  • have already tried other options to stop being at risk
  • are in greater financial risk from COVID-19 due to a reliance on trading or community fundraising income streams
  • are in greater financial risk due to limited reserves

Funding is not available for:

  • costs that are eligible for Government support - for example, furloughing
  • the remaining salary costs for staff on furlough not covered by the Government’s Job Retention Scheme, or any additional salary costs above the furloughing cap
  • redundancy costs of staff not funded by a current National Lottery Heritage Fund project
  • costs that are avoidable in the short term - these will be identified and removed from your grant request
  • operating costs you will incur beyond four months from the point of your application
  • anything that contravenes Governments’ advice on COVID-19
  • recoverable VAT
  • costs related to promoting the cause or beliefs of political or faith organisations

Next steps

Visit the Heritage Fund website for more information and to apply. 

Support provided by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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