Historic England Launch Second COVID-19 Emergency Fund

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:

  1. Read the HE guidance (link below)
  2. Complete an HE expression of interest (EOI) survey – deadline Sunday 28 June 2020
  3. HE will tell you if your EOI has been successful by Monday 27 July 2020
  4. 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

Historic England Announce £1.8 million in Coronavirus Grants

Historic England have announced £1.8 million in grants for 70 projects to help tackle the impact of Coronavirus on the heritage sector. The grants range from social distancing guidance for archaeologists during digs, to supporting voluntary organisations and craft workers such as stonemasons, to emergency funding for King Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose.

The Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund was set up in April in response to Historic England’s survey of heritage organisations which revealed the adverse impact of Coronavirus on the sector. The grants will help organisations, voluntary groups and self-employed contractors survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, and to prepare for recovery.

Applicants were invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus and for grants of up to £50,000 for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills. The fund was over-subscribed, attracting around 300 applications. Applications included innovative ways of engaging visitors and volunteers while historic places are closed and online training for conservation skills. Industrial sites supported include the Grade II listed Old Low Light building on North Shield’s Fish Quay now in use as a heritage and community Centre.

The next strand of Historic England’s Covid-19 grants response is Heritage at Risk emergency funding, in mid-June. This will make use of the important, highly skilled businesses that form a key part of the heritage sector to address the most urgent needs of our historic environment (when current restrictions have been sufficiently relaxed).

Further details here:

https://historicengland.org.uk/…/covid-19-emergency-grants…/

Applicants were invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus and for grants of up to £50,000 for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills. The fund was over-subscribed, attracting around 300 applications. Applications included innovative ways of engaging visitors and volunteers while historic places are closed and online training for conservation skills. Industrial sites supported include the Grade II listed Old Low Light building on North Shield’s Fish Quay now in use as a heritage and community Centre.

The next strand of Historic England’s Covid-19 grants response is Heritage at Risk emergency funding, in mid-June. This will make use of the important, highly skilled businesses that form a key part of the heritage sector to address the most urgent needs of our historic environment (when current restrictions have been sufficiently relaxed).

Further details here:

https://historicengland.org.uk/…/covid-19-emergency-grants…/