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.


Funding OrganisationsFunding AdviceMain Messaging 23/03/20Twitter
NEW FUND: National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Emergency Fund web page for full details.@HeritageFundSCO
NEW FUND: Charities Aid Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Fund 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 Fund web page for full details and eligibility checker link.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Coronavirus guidance.@HistEnvScot
Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), and maintaining current assessment and awarding deadlines.@ArchHFundScot
Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) now working from home.@aandbscotland
Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) / UK Research & Innovation sweeping impacts, reviewing deadlines. Suggesting extensions for deadlines in relation to ongoing work.@UKRI_News
Corra Foundation payment processing. Flexibility over timescales and how funding is used.@corrascot
Creative Europe to apply maximum flexibility to beneficiaries.@CEDUK_Culture
Creative Scotland honoured regardless of activity status (cancel/rescheduled). Pragmatic and flexible. New funding coming out 27/03/20@CreativeScots
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
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) on timescales and how funding is used.@MuseumsGalScot
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 were due March 2020 - status unknown
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
Association of Independent Museums (AIM)
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)
Chiene & Tait and support information from Chartered Accountancy firm Chiene + Tait@chieneandtait
Community Councils Scotland
Culture Counts results on effects on the cultural sector.@culturecounts
DCMS information and updates from DCMS@DCMS
Heritage Alliance with advice and links.@Heritage_NGOs
Heritage Trust Network
Landscape Institute
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
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
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
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
Cockburn Association
Edinburgh World Heritage
greenspace scotland to those receiving funding about realistic timescales and supporting delivery where possible.@greenspacescot
Heritage Trust Network postponements@HTNMembers
Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
IHBC from IHBC Chair with information for members.@Ihbcscotland
Museums Association
National Museums Scotland
National Trust for Scotland
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
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland website for further updates@socantscot