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.

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.


Funding OrganisationsFunding AdviceMain MessagingTwitter
Consolidated Scottish Government Funding Site Scottish Government Funding Site
NEW FUND: Visit Scotland Tourism Destination & Sector Support Fund closed. @VisitScotNews
NEW FINANCE: Scottish Government Emergency Loans for SME Housebuilders opens Monday 18th May
NEW FUND: Wellbeing Fund APPLICATIONS currently closed.@scvotweet
NEW FUNDING: Hardship and Resilience Funds from Scot Gov £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) 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 open- from 21st May larger grants of £50K-250K available (in addition to the £3K-£50K)  – and you can apply any time up to Tuesday 30 June. @HeritageFundSCO
NEW FUND: Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund PAUSED.@Caf
NEW FUND: Third Sector Resilience Fund web page for full details and eligibility checker link.
NEW FUND: Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) web page for information.@ArchHFundScot
NEW FUNDING streams Creative Scotland Funds now closed.@CreativeScots
NEW FUNDING Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) survey preliminary results:
Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) to advice and information
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) / UK Research & Innovation sweeping impacts, reviewing deadlines. Suggesting extensions for deadlines in relation to ongoing work.@UKRI_News
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC) 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 payment processing. Flexibility over timescales and how funding is used.@corrascot
Creative Europe Q&A document added. Intention to apply maximum flexibility to beneficiaries.@CEDUK_Culture
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is making an additional £16 million of funding available this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.@EsmeeFairbairn
Funding Scotland to create an account to use. Funding search tool from SCVO.@scvotweet
Garfield Weston Foundation Trust, strong online systems, online application open.@WestonFdn
Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) programme remains open, flexible for current recipients, adaptable to changing circumstances.@GlasgowHeritage
National Lottery Community Fund deadlines, further flexibility.@TNLComFundScot
National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), supportive. Surveying to see what can help. Survey results.@HeritageFundSCO
Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust projects as much as possible. Contact by email please.@PKHeritageTrust
Regeneration Capital Grant Fund
Scotland's Improvement Districts 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 Trust return of unspent funds, flexibility on restricted funding, extensions where applicable.@RobertsonTrust


OrganisationGuidance & AdviceAdditional informationTwitter
Scottish Government Framework for decision making and phases out of lockdown as set out by the Scottish Government.
DCMS Cultural Renewal Taskforce Cultural Renewal Taskforce
Association of Independent Museums (AIM)
Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)All Nations table of advice and guidance for organisations looking for support. @ArchHFundScot
Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) Strathern overview of Arts, Business and Heritage and the Job Retention Scheme@aandbscotland
ASVA news from Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions including links to sector research.@ASVAtweets
CITB and guidance from Construction Industry Training Board@citb_uk
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)
Chiene & Tait and support information from Chartered Accountancy firm Chiene + Tait@chieneandtait
Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland, to help churches manage the Coronavirus/COVID-19 lockdown.@churchscotland
Community Councils Scotland
Culture Counts results on effects on the cultural sector.@culturecounts
DCMS on Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors@DCMS
Ecclesiastical insurer Ecclesiastical has published new guidance on managing risks and protecting temporarily closed and unoccupied heritage buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic.@ecclesiastical
Heritage Alliance
Heritage Trust Network progamme CURRENTLY CLOSED:
Institute of Fundraising from the charitable sector and fundraising.@ioftweets
Landscape Institute
Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) to form a login to read, but much information now free for non-members. This briefing in relation to the Coronavirus Act is wide ranging.@LGiU
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) of updates including Covid 19 News, Business & Practice Bulletin and other advice sites are now all on the main home page.@RIASmembership
RICS updates on Scotland specific areas/links.@RICSScotland
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Scottish Community Development Centre (scdc) for community groups, organisations and volunteer networks fighting Covid-19. scdc and Public Health Scotland produced this advice.@scdc_org
Scottish Tourism Alliance
Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP)
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) section has useful links for organisations and individuals about what support is available.@scvotweet
Scottish Government (Culture) update from Fiona Hyslop (Cab.Sec Economy, Fair Work and Culture) to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee@SP_European
Scottish Government (Planning) guidance: pre-application consultations for public events. DPEA guidance
SPICe Parliament Information Centre - COVID-19 hub
Visit Scotland Scotland@VisitScotNews
Volunteer Scotland

Organisational Updates and Information

OrganisationOrganisational UpdatesAdditional informationTwitter
Arts Professional section is paywall free.@ArtsPro
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland
Architecture & Design Scotland (A&DS)
Archaeology Scotland Bulletin (do sign up) had a great range of Home Learning and online resources. Recent bulletin.@ArchScot
Central Scotland Green Network
Centre for Towns report on the effect of COVID-19 on towns and cities.@centrefortowns
Cockburn Association
Cultural Policies Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends monitors current developments regarding COVID-19 and the cultural field.@compendiumcpt
Edinburgh World Heritage
Europeana Heritage Alliance launch Manifesto Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe@EuropeanaEU
greenspace scotland to those receiving funding about realistic timescales and supporting delivery where possible.@greenspacescot
Heritage Trust Network postponements@HTNMembers
Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
Historic Religious Buildings Alliance
Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Museums Association
National Museums Scotland
National Trust for Scotland launch on Lottery.
Scottish Civic Trust for children and young people.@scotcivictrust
Scottish Heritage Social Media Group place to connect in relation to Scottish Heritage Organisations and their Social Media presence.@ScotHeritageSMG
SCVO Voluntary Sector Statistics - 2020 - useful advocacy tool.@scvotweet
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website for further updates@socantscot
SPAB are hosting regular short CPD webinars, specially designed to help you meet your continuing professional development requirements. @SPAB1877