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Man in blue jumper using Mac laptop to apply for funding

Apply for Funding

The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is part of the rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the economic impact of COVID-19. 

This second round of the Culture Recovery Fund looks forward to next spring and early summer when it is expected that cultural organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions. Over £300 million of grants will be available, covering the period April-June 2021, to support cultural organisations with the costs they will face as they welcome back visitors and customers. 

Funding available

We are working in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to distribute £36 million of this government funding to organisations in England, based on criteria set by DCMS. 

This second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3 million to support organisations to make the transition towards full reopening. The fund will be open for applications from Thursday 7 January 2021 and you can apply any time from then until Tuesday 26 January 2021. 

Further guidance on the Round 2 scheme is available on the Heritage Fund’s website.

Visit the Heritage Fund website

The other element of the Culture Recovery Fund support available is Repayable Finance, which has a budget of up to £100 million. 

Culture Recovery Fund 2: Repayable Finance allocations have a lower limit of £1 million and no upper limit. Both not-for-profit and commercial organisations will be able to apply. 

The programme is open for applications from 15 December, and you can apply any time from then until Thursday 7 January

For more information about the Repayable Finance programme, please refer to the guidance on the Arts Council’s website.

Visit the Arts Council England website

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