Published: 17th Sep 2020

More than 950 organisations across the UK have received emergency grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help them survive the initial impact of COVID-19. The £50m Heritage Emergency Fund was set up as an immediate response to lockdown in late April recognising that the UK’s heritage would need significant help to survive the early impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. Since then 961 grants have been awarded to stabilise organisations, covering costs including core staff salaries, essential maintenance and utility costs and costs to help with safe reopening. Over half (56%) of those who received Heritage Emergency Fund grants had just three months or less in their cash reserves. One of the recipients was Glastonbury Abbey (pictured), which received £217,500 to help maintain the ruins and grounds in anticipation of visitors returning and  to provide PPE for front of house staff. ‘This is the biggest heritage crisis I have … (To read the full article, subscribe below)