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Support for the Sector

Financial support

If you represent an organisation that looks after a historic building or heritage attraction that is still closed to the public or is just preparing to welcome its first visitors after lockdown, we understand that you will be worried about the many challenges that you face after months of closure.

Financial support is available to help organisations survive this difficult period of uncertainty and income loss.


Cultural Recovery Fund

On 1 September, the Welsh Government announced the Cultural Recovery Fund — an £18.5 million fund to support the Welsh cultural sector’s recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant fund will be open for applications from 16 September to 2 October 2020.

Heritage sites and attractions in Wales, heritage organisations operating or employing staff in Wales and freelancers working in heritage will be able to bid for support from the fund if they have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The fund’s aim is to help eligible organisations recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 and become financially viable in the future so that they can continue to support the management of the heritage of Wales.

Follow this link - - for more information about the fund, to check whether you are eligible and to apply.


Third Sector Resilience Fund

The WCVA is working with the Welsh Government to help voluntary organisations stay in business, and has introduced the third sector resilience fund for Wales to provide cash flow support to help organisations through the current crisis. The fund is designed to support those voluntary sector organisations that need financial support primarily because of a fall in their fundraising and donation income, rather than because of a loss of trading income. Further details are available here:


Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and sustainable reuse of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK. It provides advice, information and financial assistance in the form of early project grants and loans for projects undertaken by charities and not-for-private profit organisations. It has produced a useful guide to support available to charities and social enterprises during COVID-19.