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New grants available in ongoing coronavirus crisis

Find out what funding is currently on offer to support your organisation
Emergency Funding Funding
The Garfield Weston Foundation funded the Dippy on Tour project as the Natural History Museum's famous dinosaur went on tour around the country, most recently to Number One Riverside, in Rochdale
The Garfield Weston Foundation funded the Dippy on Tour project as the Natural History Museum's famous dinosaur went on tour around the country, most recently to Number One Riverside, in Rochdale

A number of new funding streams have been announced to support organisations during the ongoing Covid crisis.

Garfield Culture Fund

The Garfield Weston Foundation will launch the one-off Weston Culture Fund of £25m on 5 October.  The fund is designed to support mid- to large-scale cultural organisations in the UK restart work; re-engage with audiences; adapt to changed circumstances; and generate revenue.

It is aimed at charitable organisations with a pre-Covid regular annual income of £500,000 or greater. The closing date for applications will be 9 November and decisions will be announced by the end of January 2021.

Heritage Stimulus Fund

The UK government recently announced further details of its £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, which includes £50m capital funding allocated to Historic England to distribute through the Heritage Stimulus Fund.


The Heritage Stimulus Fund aims to restart vital construction and maintenance on heritage sites to preserve visitor attractions, providing immediate work for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors in the sector.

As part of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, another £11m has been added to the Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Fund. Launched with an initial £3m in June, the fund was heavily oversubscribed.

The additional £11m will enable more of the initial applications that met the eligibility criteria will be able to be progressed. Grants of up to £25,000 will be offered for urgent minor repairs to problems such as damaged roofs, masonry and windows; to hire scaffolding to prevent structural collapse; or to commission surveys necessary to inform urgent repairs.

The work funded must be started before 31 October. 

There is also up to £5m of top-up funding available as part of Repair Grants for Heritage at Risk, which will go to existing projects that have already been identified as a priority for urgent support.

Wales Cultural Recovery Fund


Grants up to £10k and £150k are still available through the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund. The total funding package is £53m, comprising £50m revenue and £3m capital.

This includes:

  • £18.5m distributed by the Welsh government
  • £27.5m distributed by Arts Council of Wales
  • £7m delivered by local authorities to support individual freelancers in these sectors

Applications must be received by 5pm on 2 October .

Applications should address the main strands of the fund:  

  • Funding – to protect sustainable organisations and as many jobs in the culture sector as possible.
  • ‘Cultural Contract’ – to use the funding to drive transformational change and support new ways of working.
  • Roadmap to reopening – ensure support is aligned to safe reopening at the earliest opportunity with guidance to support the sector.

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Grants of up to £250,000 are still available from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, with a deadline of midday on 2 October. For applications for more than £250,000 (up to £5m), there is a two-step process, with initial expressions of interest required by midday on 24 September.

The aim of the fund is to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, while helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.

The £40m fund aims to kick-start environmental renewal while creating and retaining a range of jobs, and has been developed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its arm’s-length bodies, including Natural England, the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and others.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing and monitoring this government money.

National Lottery Heritage Fund emergency funding

Currently closed for applications until at least October, the Heritage Emergency Fund has given crucial grants to many projects and organisations during the pandemic so far.

Recently funded projects include:

  • The Heritage Development Company Liverpool, which was awarded £12,900 to continue its mission in showcasing the city and wider borough’s untold histories of people of black origin.
  • Insole Court, a Victorian mansion in Cardiff, which has been able to remain partly open and serve the local community thanks to a grant of £103,600.
  • Glastonbury Abbey, said to be the resting place of the legendary King Arthur, received a £217,500 grant, which has enabled it to reopen and helped towards essential maintenance, safety and accessibility.     

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