National Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a £50m emergency fund.
It aims to address immediate pressures over the next 3-6 months for those most in need as well as provide increased investment in essential digital skills across the sector. On the latter, it will look to provide expertise in critical areas such as digital fundraising, use of social media and communications, and running online events and activities.
Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 will be available to organisations that have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant.
The funder has surveyed more than 1,250 heritage organisations on the effect of the Covid-19 crisis, finding that 82% of respondents reported a high or moderate risk to their organisation’s long-term viability.
Some 35% said their financial reserves will be depleted within four months, while 46% of organisations can survive for no more than six months.
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