Support for the Sector
If you represent an organisation that looks after a historic building or site that would normally be open to the public as a heritage attraction, we understand that you will be worried about how to continue to care for it and keep your organisation going during the current crisis.
Financial support is available to help organisations survive this difficult period of closure and income loss.
If you operate as a business, you may be able to get support from a range of measures introduced by the Welsh and UK governments. The Welsh Government has announced an Economic Resilience Fund to support firms of all sizes, including micro-businesses, social enterprises and charities. Further details of grants and loans available to businesses in Wales are available here: https://businesswales.gov.wales/financial-support-and-grants
National Lottery Heritage Fund emergency support
The National Lottery Heritage Fund has made £50million available to a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the heritage sector across the UK. It will accept applications at two grant levels, £3,000 to £50,000 or £50,000 to £250,000, to cover emergency costs during this difficult time. This will provide short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects. More information about this fund is available here: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/coronavirus-update
COVID-19 Resilience Fund
The Welsh Government has also set up an emergency relief fund to support the smallest and most vulnerable independent sector museum and heritage organisations with cash flow and other critical issues. This scheme has been made possible with funding from the Welsh Government through the Culture and Sports Division, Cadw and from the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales. The scheme is open to members of the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales, and you may also be eligible for assistance if you operate a small heritage attraction that is itself a historic building or site. Further details on how to apply are available here: http://www.welshmuseumsfederation.org/news/60/32/COVID-19-Resilience-Grants.html
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: https://wcva.cymru/funding/social-investment-cymru/third-sector-resilience-fund-for-wales/