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04.01.2021

Cultural Recovery Fund opens for applications from conservators

Details of the second round of The Culture Recovery Fund have been published with conservation businesses being explicitly described as being eligible for support.

The fund is a part of the rescue package announced by DCMS to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the economic impact of the Coronavirus. 

The second round “looks forward" to spring and summer when"it is expected that cultural organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions,” the National Lottery Heritage Fund details. Over £300million of grants will be available, covering the period April-June, to support cultural organisations with the costs they will face as they welcome back visitors.

The Heritage Fund is distributing £36m of the funding to organisations in England, in partnership with Historic England. The second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3m to support organisations to make the transition towards full reopening.

The fund also includes Repayable Finance, which has a budget of up to £100m for both not-for-profit and commercial organisations. 

Icon's campaigning and lobbying has made sure that conservators are included in these grant schemes. The guidelines on who can apply include"For profit businesses that are a vital part of the heritage ecosystem and who generate the largest portion of their income from heritage work. This includes conservators, contractors, specialists, suppliers and cooperatives."

The fund will be open for applications from 7 January 2021 to 26 January 2021. Find more details about applying to the Cultural Recovery Fund

Icon successfully applied to the Culture Recovery Fund in 2020. We received a grant award of £99,400 from the Government, enabling us to commission valuable business development and marketing support, and also to develop an online project gallery to support our student members. A portion of the funding will be used to finance our digital transformation project, which includes a new membership database.

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