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 (compiled 23/03/2020).

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.

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.

Download a Pdf of the tables here.

If there is relevant information we have not included in the tables below, do please get in contact.

ADVICE FROM FUNDING ORGANISATIONS

Funding OrganisationsFunding AdviceMain Messaging 23/03/20Twitter
NEW FUND: National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Emergency Fundhttps://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/heritage-emergency-fund-launches-help-sectorSee web page for full details.@HeritageFundSCO
NEW FUND: Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fundhttps://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fundThis Fund is to help smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 are available.@Caf
NEW FUND: Third Sector Resilience Fundhttps://scvo.org/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fundSee web page for full details and eligibility checker link.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES)https://www.historicenvironment.scot/grants-and-funding/grants-coronavirus-guidance/Grants Coronavirus guidance.@HistEnvScot
Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)http://ahfund.org.uk/Support, and maintaining current assessment and awarding deadlines.@ArchHFundScot
Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS)https://www.aandbscotland.org.uk/Team now working from home.@aandbscotland
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) / UK Research & Innovationhttps://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
Corra Foundationhttps://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 Europehttp://www.creativeeuropeuk.eu/news/update-information-creative-europe-and-coronavirus-covid-19Intention to apply maximum flexibility to beneficiaries.@CEDUK_Culture
Creative Scotlandhttps://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/02/coronavirus-adviceFunding honoured regardless of activity status (cancel/rescheduled). Pragmatic and flexible. New funding coming out 27/03/20@CreativeScots
Garfield Weston Foundation Trusthttps://garfieldweston.org/covid-19/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
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS)https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/stories/museums-galleries-scotland-response-on-coronavirus-covid-19/Flexibility on timescales and how funding is used.@MuseumsGalScot
National Lottery Community Fundhttps://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/about/coronavirus-updatesShifting deadlines, further flexibility.@TNLComFundScot
National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF)https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/coronavirus-updateOperational, supportive. Surveying to see what can help. Survey results.@HeritageFundSCO
Perth & Kinross Heritage Trusthttp://www.pkht.org.uk/Continuing projects as much as possible. Contact by email please.@PKHeritageTrust
Regeneration Capital Grant Fundhttps://www.gov.scot/policies/regeneration/capital-investment/Announcements were due March 2020 - status unknown
Scotland's Improvement Districtshttps://improvementdistricts.scot/business-improvement-districts-to-support-coronavirus-recovery-with-1-million-scottish-government-fund/New funding announced 01/04/2020@Scot_IDs
Stirling City Heritage TrustContacting individually.Continuing projects as much as possible. Contact by email please.@StirlingCHT
The Robertson Trusthttp://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/news/a-coronavirus-update-for-grant-holdersNo return of unspent funds, flexibility on restricted funding, extensions where applicable.@RobertsonTrust

GUIDANCE FROM HERITAGE AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATIONS

OrganisationGuidance & AdviceAdditional informationTwitter
ACAShttps://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus@Acas_Scot
Association of Independent Museums (AIM)https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/coronavirus-support-resources-online-advice-surgeries/@Aimuseums
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)https://www.archaeologists.net/practices/coronavirus/https://www.archaeologists.net/news/cifa-continuity-during-covid-19-outbreak-1584467429@InstituteArch
Chiene & Taithttps://www.chiene.co.uk/covid-19-guidance-and-support/Guidance and support information from Chartered Accountancy firm Chiene + Tait@chieneandtait
Community Councils Scotlandhttp://www.communitycouncils.scot/information-on-coronavirus-for-community-councils.html@ScottishCCs
COSLAhttps://www.cosla.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-councils@COSLA
Culture Countshttps://culturecounts.scot/coronavirusSurvey results on effects on the cultural sector.@culturecounts
DCMShttps://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-digital-culture-media-sportLatest information and updates from DCMS@DCMS
Heritage Alliancehttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1p4w-6tGao9SmwDAfSB9yOY5482Tvmgz9miZyfn8XnNQ/editDocument with advice and links.@Heritage_NGOs
Heritage Trust Networkhttp://www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk/covid-19/@HTNMembers
Landscape Institutehttps://www.landscapeinstitute.org/covid-19/@talklandscape
OSCRhttps://www.oscr.org.uk/news/charities-and-coronavirus-an-update-from-the-regulator/https://www.oscr.org.uk/guidance-and-forms/covid-19-guidance-for-charities/@ScotCharityReg
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)https://www.rias.org.uk/Range of updates including Covid 19 News, Business & Practice Bulletin and other advice sites are now all on the main home page.@RIASmembership
RICShttps://www.rics.org/uk/news-insight/latest-news/coronavirus-and-rics-events/@RICSScotland
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)https://www.rtpi.org.uk/news/coronavirus/https://www.rtpi.org.uk/press-releases/2020/march/rtpi-response-to-coronavirus-statement-from-chief-executive-victoria-hills/@RTPIScotland
Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP)https://www.scotlandstowns.org/covid_19_support_for_towns_improvement_districts_in_scotlandhttps://www.scotlandstowns.org/scotland_s_towns_partnership_covid_19_notice@ScotlandsTowns
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirusFunding section has useful links for organisations and individuals about what support is available.@scvotweet
SURFhttps://www.surf.scot/regenerating-resilience-surf-response-to-covid19/@SURFscot
Volunteer Scotlandhttps://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/news-blog/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-voluntary-orgs/@VolScotland

Organisational Updates and Information

OrganisationOrganisational UpdatesAdditional informationTwitter
ALGAOhttps://www.algao.org.uk/news/coronavirus-and-archaeology-planning@ALGAO_UK
Arts Professionalhttps://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/covidcultureThis section is paywall free.@ArtsPro
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotlandhttps://www.ahss.org.uk/news/important-update/@theAHSS
Architecture & Design Scotland (A&DS)https://www.ads.org.uk/covid19_update17march/@ArcDesSco
Archaeology Scotlandhttps://archaeologyscotland.org.uk/coronavirus-update-office-closure/Recent Bulletin (do sign up) had a great range of Home Learning and online resources. Recent bulletin.@ArchScot
Central Scotland Green Networkhttp://www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org/news-and-events/news/1369-2020-csgn-forum-postponed@csgreennetwork
Cockburn Associationhttp://www.cockburnassociation.org.uk/blog/93/41/The-Cockburn-Association-and-Covid-19/http://www.cockburnassociation.org.uk/blog/94/41/City-Planning-Functions-and-Covid-19/@thecockburn
Edinburgh World Heritagehttps://ewh.org.uk/temporary-closure-of-tron-kirk/@EdinburghWH
greenspace scotlandhttps://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/news/greenspace-scotland-covid-19-updateEmails to those receiving funding about realistic timescales and supporting delivery where possible.@greenspacescot
Heritage Trust Networkhttp://www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk/covid-19/Event postponements@HTNMembers
Historic Environment Scotland (HES)https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/coronavirus-covid-19-update/@HistEnvScot
ICONhttps://icon.org.uk/news/impact-of-covid-19-on-professional-development-activities@icon_scotland
IHBChttps://ihbconline.co.uk/newsachive/?p=25813Statement from IHBC Chair with information for members.@Ihbcscotland
Museums Associationhttps://www.museumsassociation.org/news/21032020-COVID-19-joint-statement@MuseumsAssoc
National Museums Scotlandhttps://www.nms.ac.uk/coronavirus/@NtlMuseumsScot
National Trust for Scotlandhttps://www.nts.org.uk/stories/coronavirus-emergency@N_T_S
Scottish Civic Trusthttps://www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk/scottish-civic-trust-covid-19-coronavirus-update/Resource for children and young people.@scotcivictrust
Scottish Heritage Social Media Grouphttps://scottishheritagesocialmediagroup.com/Useful place to connect in relation to Scottish Heritage Organisations and their Social Media presence.@ScotHeritageSMG
Society of Antiquaries of Scotlandhttps://www.socantscot.org/uncategorised/our-society-covid-19-response/See website for further updates@socantscot

 

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