Cultural Heritage Advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
An overview of sites offering advice and guidance from across the heritage funding landscape and built environment sector.
From across the breadth of the sector we are, understandably, hearing concerns in relation to the impact of the pandemic. BEFS has gathered the current information available from funders and organisations into tables below (updated weekly).
As the situation changes and develops, the information will likely change. However, this overview of guidance and updates should provide an indication of where to find support for you and your organisation at this challenging time.
- For any medical information please refer to: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
- For any Scottish Government information please go to: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Whilst this is an extremely uncertain time for all, do remember that organisations are constantly adjusting to changing circumstances, and they too need time to make sure their advice is accurate and current.
If there is relevant information we have not included in the tables below, do please get in contact.
ADVICE FROM FUNDING ORGANISATIONS
|Funding Organisations||Funding Advice||Main Messaging|
|Consolidated Scottish Government Funding Site||https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/||Consolidated Scottish Government Funding Site|
|NEW FUNDING: Support for Museums and Galleries||https://www.gov.scot/news/vital-support-for-museums-and-galleries/||The £4 million Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund will provide support for Scotland’s museums and galleries and will be administered by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS).|
The fund will aid the return of staff from furlough and the wider reopening of museums and galleries.
|NEW FUND: Creative Communities from Inspiring Scotland||https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/what-we-do/our-funds/creative-communities/||The programme will distribute up to £600,000 to support communities to develop new initiatives involving culture and creative arts for the period October 2020-June 2021. Applications close August 12th 2020||@inspiringsland|
|NEW FUND: The Towns and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Resilience and Recovery Fund||https://www.scotlandstowns.org/announcement_towns_and_business_improvement_districts_bids_resilience_and_recovery_fund?utm_campaign=towns_recovery_fund&utm_medium=email&utm_source=scotlandstowns||"The Scottish Government announced £2 million of new funding to help support the recovery of local communities as coronavirus (COVID-19) measures are gradually and carefully eased.|
In particular, to help town centres and high streets prepare and adapt for the lifting of lockdown, the funding will help finance emergency recovery projects."
|NEW FUND: Art Fund Respond and Reimagining Grants||https://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/programmes/respond-and-reimagine-grants||These new grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future.||@artfund|
|NEW FUND: MGS COVID19 Adaptation Fund||https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/covid-19-adaptation-fund/||Museums can apply for up to £7,500 (£10,000 for partnerships) to purchase equipment and training that will enable them to reopen safely and in accordance with restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak.||@MuseumsGalScot|
|NEW FUND: Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund||https://www.gov.scot/news/lifeline-support-for-performing-arts-venues/||"Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund will help venues who cannot yet reopen to their audiences due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).|
The fund will be run by Creative Scotland."
|NEW FUND: TNL Community Fund Emerging Futures Fund||https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/emerging-futures-fund#section-2||Funding organisations to look at how things are changing, what is needed in this transition, and what is possible in the future. Closed 25th JUNE||@TNLComFundScot|
|NEW FUND: Smarter Choices, Smarter Places||https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/active-travel/smarter-choices-smarter-places-1/open-fund||Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations. The fund aims to help cut Scotland's carbon emissions and improve our air quality. It will also help reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and will tackle health inequalities.||@pathsforall|
|NEW FUND: Visit Scotland Tourism Destination & Sector Support Fund||https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/funding/coronavirus-dmo-fund||Now closed.||@VisitScotNews|
|NEW FINANCE: Scottish Government Emergency Loans for SME Housebuilders||https://www.gov.scot/news/emergency-loan-fund-for-sme-housebuilders/||Programme opens Monday 18th May|
|NEW FUND: Wellbeing Fund||https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/wellbeing-fund||FUND APPLICATIONS currently closed.||@scvotweet|
|NEW FUNDING: Hardship and Resilience Funds from Scot Gov||https://www.gov.scot/news/gbp-100m-funds-to-help-business/||A £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people||@scotgoveconomy|
|NEW FUNDING: Bounce Back Loans (UK GOV)||https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan||Businesses can apply for new Bounce Back Loans up to a maximum of £50,000, or 25% of turnover, with the government paying the interest for the first 12 months.|
|NEW FUND: National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Emergency Fund||https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/heritage-emergency-fund||Applications open- fund can now be used to assist with reopening costs, in addition to previous criteria – and you can apply any time up to 31st July.||@HeritageFundSCO|
|NEW FUND: Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund||https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fund||Fund Closed||@Caf|
|NEW FUND: Third Sector Resilience Fund||https://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund||See web page for full details and eligibility checker link.|
|NEW FUND: Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)||http://ahfund.org.uk/news-source/scotland2020||See web page for information.||@ArchHFundScot|
|NEW FUNDING streams Creative Scotland||https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/03/covid-19-impact-funds||Bridging Funds now closed.||@CreativeScots|
|NEW FUNDING Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS)||https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/funding-overview/||https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/stories/museums-galleries-scotland-response-on-coronavirus-covid-19/||@MuseumsGalScot|
|Historic Environment Scotland (HES)||https://www.historicenvironment.scot/grants-and-funding/grants-coronavirus-guidance/||Sector survey full results: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/covid-19-survey-shows-significant-impact-on-scotland-s-heritage-sector/||@HistEnvScot|
|Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS)||https://www.aandbscotland.org.uk/||Signposting to advice and information https://www.aandbscotland.org.uk/covid-19/||@aandbscotland|
|Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) / UK Research & Innovation||https://www.ukri.org/news/coronavirus-impact-on-ukri-supported-research/||Aware sweeping impacts, reviewing deadlines. Suggesting extensions for deadlines in relation to ongoing work.||@UKRI_News|
|Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC)||https://www.cs-ic.org/innovationcentre/innovation-support/i-con-recovery-through-innovation/||i-Con is an initiative created to assist the built environment sector during this global emergency. It provides resources that address challenges faced by the sector to build resilience for a brighter future through innovation.||@CScotIC|
|Corra Foundation||https://www.corra.scot/news/work-to-support-charities-and-communities-dealing-with-the-impact-of-coronavirus/||Maintaining payment processing. Flexibility over timescales and how funding is used.||@corrascot|
|Creative Europe||http://www.creativeeuropeuk.eu/news/update-information-creative-europe-and-coronavirus-covid-19||New Q&A document added. Intention to apply maximum flexibility to beneficiaries.||@CEDUK_Culture|
|Esmee Fairbairn Foundation||https://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/coronavirus---reassurance-for-those-we-fund||Update: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is making an additional £16 million of funding available this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.||@EsmeeFairbairn|
|Funding Scotland||https://fundingscotland.com/||Need to create an account to use. Funding search tool from SCVO.||@scvotweet|
|Garfield Weston Foundation Trust||https://garfieldweston.org/turning-on-a-sixpence/||Flexibility, strong online systems, online application open.||@WestonFdn|
|Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT)||https://www.glasgowheritage.org.uk/important-update-temporary-office-closure/||Grants programme remains open, flexible for current recipients, adaptable to changing circumstances.||@GlasgowHeritage|
|National Lottery Community Fund||https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/about/coronavirus-updates||Prioritising funding projects and organisations supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Reviewing the situation on an on-going basis and will share any updates or developments on our website.||@TNLComFundScot|
|National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF)||https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/coronavirus-update||Operational, supportive. Surveying to see what can help. Survey results.||@HeritageFundSCO|
|Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust||http://www.pkht.org.uk/||Continuing projects as much as possible. Contact by email please.||@PKHeritageTrust|
|Regeneration Capital Grant Fund - deadline 19/06/2020||https://www.gov.scot/policies/regeneration/capital-investment/||https://www.gov.scot/publications/regeneration-capital-grant-fund-2020-call-stage-1---application-form-and-guidance/|
|Scotland's Improvement Districts||https://improvementdistricts.scot/bid-resilience-fund-application-guidance-and-support-email-helpline/||New funding announced 01/04/2020||@Scot_IDs|
|Stirling City Heritage Trust||Contacting individually.||Continuing projects as much as possible. Contact by email please.||@StirlingCHT|
|The Robertson Trust||http://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/news/a-coronavirus-update-for-grant-holders||New Strategy in Summer 2020.|
New Strategy will have a stronger focus on addressing poverty and trauma, their causes and impact.
GUIDANCE FROM HERITAGE AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATIONS
Organisational Updates and Information