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. 

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.

ADVICE FROM FUNDING ORGANISATIONS

Funding OrganisationsFunding AdviceMain MessagingTwitter
Consolidated Scottish Government Funding Sitehttps://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/Consolidated Scottish Government Funding Site
NEW FUND: The Towns and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Resilience and Recovery Fundhttps://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."
@ScotlandsTowns
NEW FUND: Art Fund Respond and Reimagining Grantshttps://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/programmes/respond-and-reimagine-grantsThese 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 Fundhttps://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: TNL Community Fund Emerging Futures Fundhttps://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/emerging-futures-fund#section-2Funding 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 Placeshttps://www.pathsforall.org.uk/active-travel/smarter-choices-smarter-places-1/open-fundFund 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 Fundhttps://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/funding/coronavirus-dmo-fundNow closed. @VisitScotNews
NEW FINANCE: Scottish Government Emergency Loans for SME Housebuildershttps://www.gov.scot/news/emergency-loan-fund-for-sme-housebuilders/Programme opens Monday 18th May
NEW FUND: Wellbeing Fundhttps://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/wellbeing-fundFUND APPLICATIONS currently closed.@scvotweet
NEW FUNDING: Hardship and Resilience Funds from Scot Govhttps://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-loanBusinesses 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 Fundhttps://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/heritage-emergency-fundApplications 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 Fundhttps://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/caf-coronavirus-emergency-fundCurrently PAUSED.@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.
NEW FUND: Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)http://ahfund.org.uk/news-source/scotland2020See web page for information.@ArchHFundScot
NEW FUNDING streams Creative Scotlandhttps://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/03/covid-19-impact-fundsBridging 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 & 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
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC)https://www.cs-ic.org/innovationcentre/innovation-support/i-con-covid-19-support/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 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-19New Q&A document added. Intention to apply maximum flexibility to beneficiaries.@CEDUK_Culture
Esmee Fairbairn Foundationhttps://www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk/coronavirus---reassurance-for-those-we-fundUpdate: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is making an additional £16 million of funding available this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.@EsmeeFairbairn
Funding Scotlandhttps://fundingscotland.com/Need to create an account to use. Funding search tool from SCVO.@scvotweet
Garfield Weston Foundation Trusthttps://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 Fundhttps://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/about/coronavirus-updatesPrioritising 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-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 Fund - deadline 19/06/2020https://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 Districtshttps://improvementdistricts.scot/bid-resilience-fund-application-guidance-and-support-email-helpline/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
Scottish Government Framework for decision makinghttps://admin.news.direct/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis.pdfRoutemap and phases out of lockdown as set out by the Scottish Government.
DCMS Cultural Renewal Taskforcehttps://www.gov.uk/government/news/culture-secretary-announces-cultural-renewal-taskforceDCMS Cultural Renewal Taskforce
ACAShttps://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirusWe're good to go Kite Mark Scheme https://www.visitbritain.org/were-good-go-industry-standard-all-sectors-tourism-industry@Acas_Scot
Association of Independent Museums (AIM)https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/coronavirus-resources/https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/coronavirus-support-resources-online-advice-surgeries/@Aimuseums
Advisory Group on Economic RecoveryAGER Report
Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)All Nations table of advice and guidance for organisations looking for support. All Nations table of advice and guidance for organisations looking for support. (Produced 09/04/2020)@ArchHFundScot
Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS)https://www.aandbscotland.org.uk/uploads/Covid-19/Arts_Business_and_Heritage_and_the_Job_Retention_Scheme.PDFAnderson Strathern overview of Arts, Business and Heritage and the Job Retention Scheme - information from 21st April 2020@aandbscotland
Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/alva-attractions-recovery-tracker/ALVA attractions recovery tracker data. Shared via AIM@alva_uk
ASVAhttps://www.asva.co.uk/news.php#newsid1201Latest news from Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions including links to sector research.@ASVAtweets
CITBhttps://www.citb.co.uk/urgent-messages/Advice and guidance from Construction Industry Training Board@citb_uk
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)https://www.archaeologists.net/news/important-updates-4-x-standard-and-guidance-documents-1591692770https://www.archaeologists.net/news/cifa-continuity-during-covid-19-outbreak-1584467429@InstituteArch
Church of Scotlandhttps://churchofscotland.org.uk/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-advice/advice-for-churches-covid-19-coronavirusUpdates from the Church of Scotland, to help churches manage the Coronavirus/COVID-19 lockdown.@churchscotland
Community Councils Scotlandhttp://www.communitycouncils.scot/information-on-coronavirus-for-community-councils.html@ScottishCCs
COSLAhttps://www.cosla.gov.uk/covid-19-information-for-councils@COSLA
Creative Industries Federationhttps://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/The%20Projected%20Economic%20Impact%20of%20Covid-19%20on%20the%20Creative%20Industries%20Report%20-%20Creative%20Industries%20Federation%202020.pdfREPORT: THE PROJECTED ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE UK CREATIVE INDUSTRIES@Creative_Fed
Culture Countshttps://culturecounts.scot/coronavirusSurvey results on effects on the cultural sector and related documentation and findings.@culturecounts
DCMShttps://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-digital-culture-media-sportInquiry on Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors@DCMS
DTAShttps://dtascot.org.uk/resources/publicationsDTAS publications and resources@DTAScot
Ecclesiasticalhttps://www.ecclesiastical.com/risk-management/unoccupied-properties-during-covid-19/Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has published new guidance on managing risks and protecting temporarily closed and unoccupied heritage buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic.@ecclesiastical
Heritage Alliancehttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1p4w-6tGao9SmwDAfSB9yOY5482Tvmgz9miZyfn8XnNQ/editThe Heritage Alliance COVID-19 Guidance Hub is designed to provide up-to-date information related to Coronavirus, and its impact on the heritage sector.@Heritage_NGOs
Heritage Trust Networkhttp://www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk/covid-19/Mentoring progamme CURRENTLY CLOSED: http://www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk/htn-mentoring-programme-application/@HTNMembers
ICONhttps://icon.org.uk/icon-resources/coronavirus-guidancehttps://icon.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-historic-buildings-and-sites@icon_scotland
Institute of Fundraisinghttps://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/news/coronavirus-impact-survey-results-charities-cannot-meet-the/Information from the charitable sector and fundraising.@ioftweets
Landscape Institutehttps://www.landscapeinstitute.org/covid-19/https://www.befs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LIS-Impact-of-Covid19-on-the-Landscape-Profession-Final-summary.pdf@talklandscape
Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)https://lgiu.org/briefing/local-government-and-covid-19-the-coronavirus-act-2020/Need 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
National Partnership for Culturehttps://www.gov.scot/groups/national-partnership-for-culture/The Scottish Government has established a National Partnership for Culture (NPC) to provide a cross-sector, interdisciplinary voice which can both advise and influence Scottish Ministers on the delivery of the Culture Strategy for Scotland
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/Regular updates on Scotland specific areas/links.@RICSScotland
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)https://www.rtpi.org.uk/news/coronavirus/https://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/covid-19-planning-profession-impact-rolling-news@RTPIScotland
SCOTINFORMhttp://www.scotinform.co.uk/cultural-survey/The Scotinform Cultural Survey was launched on 12 May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of cultural venues across Scotland.@Scotinform
Scottish Community Development Centre (scdc)https://www.scdc.org.uk/supporting-communities-safelyAdvice for community groups, organisations and volunteer networks fighting Covid-19. scdc and Public Health Scotland produced this advice.@scdc_org
Scottish Land Commissionhttps://landcommission.gov.scot/downloads/5ee21ef5b327a_LAND-FOCUS_Land-for-Housing-and-Dev-June-2020.pdfRe-examining concerns about housing affordability, and a
shortage of housing in light of the
COVID-19 pandemic.
@ScottishLandCom
Scottish Tourism Alliancehttps://scottishtourismalliance.co.uk/sta-update/Dashboard Document tracking when sector publications from the Scottish Government are due for release.
https://scottishtourismalliance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/COVID-19-Economy-Sectoral-Guidance-to-Restart-the-Economy-Dashboard-Business-Orgs-current.pdf
@st_alliance
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
Scottish Government Tourism Guidancehttps://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tourism-and-hospitality-sector-guidance/Tourism and Hospitality Sector Guidance released 18/06/2020. updated 30 June 2020
Scottish Government Construction Guidancehttps://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-construction-sector-guidance/
Scottish Government CUSTOMER guidancehttps://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-consumers/pages/tourism-and-hospitality/Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for retail, tourism and hospitality customers
Scottish Government (Culture)https://www.parliament.scot/S5_European/General%20Documents/20200424_CabSecEFWCToConvener.pdfWritten 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)https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-planning-guidance-on-pre-application-consultations-for-public-events/Planning guidance: pre-application consultations for public events. DPEA guidance https://www.gov.scot/publications/planning-appeals-reporters-guidance/@ScotGovPlanning
Scottish Government (Planning)www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-development-planning-chief-planner-letter-may-2020-2/https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-note-on-application-of-building-regulations-to-adaptations/@ScotGovPlanning
Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforcehttps://www.gov.scot/news/new-tourism-taskforce/A new Scottish Government taskforce created to drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s vital tourism sector is to meet for the first time.
SPICehttps://spice-spotlight.scot/2020/04/20/coronavirus-covid-19-hub-for-spice-material/Scottish Parliament Information Centre - COVID-19 hub
SURFhttps://www.surf.scot/regenerating-resilience-surf-response-to-covid19/https://www.surf.scot/category/news/@SURFscot
Visit Scotlandhttps://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/advice/coronavirus-recovery/preparing-to-openhttps://www.visitscotland.org/research-insights/about-our-industry/impact-covid19#mark@VisitScotNews
Visitor Safety Grouphttps://vscg.org/documents/uploads/covidguidance.pdfCOVID-19 Recovery Planning Guidance WORKING PRACTICES FOR LANDOWNERS AND COUNTRYSIDE MANAGERS - May 2020
Volunteer Scotlandhttps://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/news-blog/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-voluntary-orgs/@VolScotland
World Heritage UKhttps://worldheritageuk.org/about/resources/whuk-downloads/covid19/World Heritage UK Covid Related best practice and information.@worldheritageuk

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-postponedScottish Conservation Finance Project details. @csgreennetwork
Centre for Townshttps://www.centrefortowns.org/reports/covid-19-and-our-towns/viewdocumentEnglish report on the effect of COVID-19 on towns and cities.@centrefortowns
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
Cultural Policieshttps://www.culturalpolicies.net/covid-19/The Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends monitors current developments regarding COVID-19 and the cultural field.@compendiumcpt
Edinburgh World Heritagehttps://ewh.org.uk/@EdinburghWH
Europeanahttps://pro.europeana.eu/post/europe-day-manifesto-cultural-heritage-a-powerful-catalyst-for-the-future-of-europeEuropean Heritage Alliance launch Manifesto Cultural Heritage: a powerful catalyst for the future of Europe@EuropeanaEU
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/coronavirus/HES 6 month Action Plan https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/publication/?publicationId=10584acb-1c6f-43f4-8d5f-abc901111106@HistEnvScot
Historic Religious Buildings Alliancehttp://www.hrballiance.org.uk/coronavirus/@hrballiance
IHBChttps://ihbconline.co.uk/newsachive/@Ihbcscotland
Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)https://www.ice.org.uk/news-and-insight/ice-community-blog/april-2020/lets-start-looking-to-the-future@ice_engineers
Museums Associationhttps://www.museumsassociation.org/news/21032020-COVID-19-joint-statementhttps://www.museumsassociation.org/about/20042020-advocacy-update@MuseumsAssoc
National Galleries of Scotlandhttps://www.nationalgalleries.org/coronavirus-COVID-19@NatGalleriesSco
National Museums Scotlandhttps://www.nms.ac.uk/coronavirus/@NtlMuseumsScot
National Trust for Scotlandhttps://www.nts.org.uk/stories/coronavirus-emergencyhttps://www.nts.org.uk/stories/our-plans-for-re-opening-properties@N_T_S
PAShttps://www.pas.org.uk/news/covid-19/@PAS_tweets
Scotland's Infrastructure Circular Economy Forumhttps://aecom.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SICEF_White-Paper-1_Final1.pdfFirst position paper from the Scottish Infrastructure Circular Economy Forum (SICEF).
Scottish Civic Trusthttps://www.scottishcivictrust.org.uk/updates-covid-19-planning/@scotcivictrust
Scottish Government (Energy and Climate Change Directorate)https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-climate-change-adaptation-programme-progress-report-2020/First annual progress report on Climate Ready Scotland: Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation programme 2019 to 2024.@GreenerScotland
Scottish Heritage Social Media Grouphttps://scottishheritagesocialmediagroup.com/Useful place to connect in relation to Scottish Heritage Organisations and their Social Media presence.@ScotHeritageSMG
SCVOhttps://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiNDY5YTg2MGItMjg1MC00ZDBkLThlMzYtYjc4MDhhNTJkYTZhIiwidCI6ImMyOTQ5NGY5LTNhY2EtNGE3MS05NWUyLWM4ODBjNWE1ZThmOSIsImMiOjh9Scottish Voluntary Sector Statistics - 2020 - useful advocacy tool.@scvotweet
Society of Antiquaries of Scotlandhttps://www.socantscot.org/uncategorised/our-society-covid-19-response/See website for further updates@socantscot
SPABhttps://www.spab.org.uk/whats-on/online-learningSPAB are hosting regular short CPD webinars, specially designed to help you meet your continuing professional development requirements. @SPAB1877

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