28 Oct 2020

£5.5m Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland launches today

The new fund will help organisations and individuals in the Northern Ireland heritage sector to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The National Lottery Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland is being delivered on behalf of the Department for Communities.

Grants available for organisations and individuals

Grants from £3,000 to £250,000 will be available to heritage organisations to help them respond to the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and support their future sustainability.

Self-employed individuals working in the heritage sector will also be able to apply for grants of up to £5,000, helping to retain vital skills and jobs in the sector.

It does not matter if you have previously received or applied for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund – you can still apply for this fund. It also does not matter if you have received emergency funding from them (such as the Heritage Emergency Fund) or emergency funding from others.

Supporting the sector

Paul Mullan, Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Northern Ireland, said: “The heritage sector is still facing a testing future, and this funding will be a lifeline for many organisations and individuals who need support to recover from this pandemic.

"As an organisation, we have been actively working to support the sector throughout this crisis, but we know we are not out of the woods yet. We welcome this funding from the Department for Communities to help protect our much loved heritage in Northern Ireland from being permanently lost.

“Heritage is hugely valuable for us all – it is vital in creating economic prosperity, in making local communities better places to live, and in supporting our own personal sense of wellbeing. I would urge eligible organisations to apply for this funding.”

Who can apply

Applicants must be based in Northern Ireland, and can include:

  • heritage organisations managing a heritage site or visitor attraction
  • private owners of a heritage site, venue or attraction
  • organisations managing, maintaining or caring for culturally significant assets or collections
  • businesses which are part of the heritage ecosystem, including conservators, contractors, specialists and suppliers
  • self-employed or freelance individuals working in the heritage sector

How to apply

For more information please read the application guidance on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website. Who will begin accepting applications on Monday 2 November. You will have until Friday 27 November to submit your application.