Historic England launched on 9th May the ‘Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund’. This will award grants to help fund urgent maintenance, repairs, and surveys at some of England’s locally-cherished historic buildings and sites.
The work funded will help heritage sites reopen to the public and thrive again as quickly as possible – subject of course to Covid-19 restrictions. The business generated will help heritage specialists who, according to recent HE research, have been severely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. This is the second fund launched by Historic England to help the heritage sector recover from the effects of the pandemic, and is a £3 million temporary funding stream. The first emergency fund is now closed to applications.
Grants of up to £25,000 will be offered for urgent minor repairs from problems such as damaged roofs, masonry, and windows, to the hiring of scaffolding to prevent structural collapse, or to commission surveys necessary to inform urgent repairs. The work funded must be started before Saturday 31 October 2020. The application steps are as follows:
- Read the HE guidance (link below)
- Complete an HE expression of interest (EOI) survey – deadline Sunday 28 June 2020
- HE will tell you if your EOI has been successful by Monday 27 July 2020
- Submit a full application – deadline Monday 31 August 2020
Application details can be found here: https://historicengland.org.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-HAR-fund/
For further enquiries contact Historic England at emergencyhar@HistoricEngland.org.uk.