The Heritage Recovery Fund is part of the £29million which the Department for Communities announced on 24 September to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Applications will open on Monday 2 November.


The Communities Minister has acknowledged the substantial contribution that the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors make to our local economy, quality of life and health and wellbeing.

They shape our standing as a place to live, work and visit and they have a vital part to play in delivering social renewal for communities and people impacted by COVID-19.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing the £5.5m Heritage Recovery Fund on behalf of Department for Communities to help the sector recover from the pandemic and become more resilient.

Key features

  • £5.5m fund
  • Grants of £3,000 to £250,000 for non-profit or private heritage organisations
  • Grants of £3,000 or £5,000 for individuals working in the heritage sector
  • Open for applications between 2 November and noon on 27 November 2020
  • Funding must be spent by 31 March 2021

Heritage organisations

The Heritage Recovery Fund will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other reasonable financing options and are now at risk of failure.

The fund will support these organisations to ensure that successful applicants can reopen by 31 March 2021. If reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach, the fund will support organisations to operate on a sustainable and cost-efficient basis so that they are able to reopen at a later date.

Grants of £3,000 to £250,000 are available.

Individuals working in the heritage sector

The Heritage Recovery Fund also has a separate strand for individuals working in the heritage sector, such as specialist heritage builders, conservators, tour guides and craftspeople registered with an appropriate professional body. 

Grants of £3,000 or £5,000 are available.

We are distributing this government funding based on criteria set by the Department for Communities. Consult the detailed guidance below for further details.

Support webinars

This guidance should cover everything you need to know to apply. We will not be able to offer one to one advice for this fund.

However, we will run two webinars to help explain the scheme and address any queries you may have. These will take place on Monday 9 November 2020 and Thursday 12 November 2020. The webinar will include a 15 minute overview of the fund, followed by a 45 minute Q&A session. To book onto one of these webinars, register here

Find out more information here.