Published date : 12 Jun 2020

Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP, Jenny Gilruth, is encouraging heritage organisations to apply for grants through the National Lottery Heritage Fund by 30 June 2020.


The application process is now open for a second strand of support through the Heritage Emergency Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund has issued new guidance for applicants. Grants of up to £250,000 are available for organisations that:


  • make an outstanding contribution to places and communities;
  • focus on heritage that is at risk as a result of COVID-19;
  • have received significant past investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund; and
  • are able to demonstrate a track record and future potential to deliver strongly on our outcomes, notably inclusion, wellbeing, and the economy.


In April, the National Lottery Heritage Fund introduced an initial strand of grants up to £50,000 through their new £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund.


Both strands of the Heritage Emergency Fund are open for applications and are helping organisations address immediate risks, become more stable and work towards longer-term recovery.


The Heritage Emergency Fund was created to help heritage organisations navigate their way through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.


More information on the application process can be accessed here: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/heritage-emergency-fund-launches-help-sector-updated.


Jenny Gilruth MSP said:


“The Covid-19 pandemic has presented society with a number of challenges that will take a huge amount of effort to overcome. This Emergency Fund from the National Lottery Heritage Fund is one way in which we can help to safeguard heritage and the places that contribute so much to our communities and wellbeing.


“I would encourage all local heritage organisations to explore this avenue of funding and thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund for all the work they are doing to protect Scotland’s heritage organisations and their operations.”



Caroline Clark, Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland, said:


“We at the National Lottery Heritage Fund have been working hard to support Scotland’s vitally important heritage organisations, which contribute so much to our sense of community identity, place and wellbeing, as well as to economic drivers such as tourism.


“In April we introduced an initial strand of £3,000 to £50,000 grants via the Heritage Emergency Fund, our £50 million support package, to help organisations to start to explore recovery from Covid-19 and beyond. This support is to help with operational costs and to safeguard heritage at risk, now and for the longer term.


“Everyone at the Fund is committed to doing as much as we can, as quickly as we can, to help. I hope that this funding will offer significant assistance to heritage organisations and their projects across Scotland – and we are keen to have early discussions with any organisations which might benefit.”



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