Government announces £103m rescue package for heritage sites amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government announces £103m rescue package for heritage sites amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced a rescue package worth £103m to support 445 heritage organisations throughout the country amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding comes from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund, which in turn are part of the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

The funding will be broken down as follows:

• 433 heritage organisations will receive a share of £67m from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, which will help with costs for operating, reopening and recovery

• the remaining 12 heritage organisations will receive a portion of £34m from the Heritage Stimulus Fund in order ‘to restart construction and maintenance on cherished heritage sites to preserve visitor attractions and protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors in the sector’

• The Architectural Heritage Fund has also been awarded a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund through Historic England. The funding will be used to ‘support charities and social enterprises occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies for organisations’ that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Source: 445 heritage organisations saved by £103 million investment from Government

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