Applications open for round two of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

January 14, 2021

Applications are now open for the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, with a further £36 million available in grants to support heritage organisations across England survive the on-going impact of COVID-19 through April to June.
cultureGrants of between £10,000 – £3 million will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to support organisations and businesses who own, manage or work with heritage in England. The funding is part of the government’s wider £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
Detailed guidance on how to apply is available and webinars will take place on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 January. Recordings of the webinars will be published online for anyone unable to attend.
Organisations are urged to apply swiftly before the deadline of Tuesday 26 January 2021. Decisions on awards will be made in March. Read the guidance and find out how to apply on the National Lottery Heritage Fund website.
Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England said:
COVID-19 has placed an unprecedented strain on so many heritage organisations that care for our cherished historic places. Despite many challenges and setbacks, they have shown remarkable resilience, working hard to care for their sites and contents whilst continuing to engage their supporters and local communities.
The last year has shown more than ever the value of heritage organisations and businesses. England’s heritage is worth £31 billion to the economy, supports nearly half a million jobs and engages even more volunteers. It has a central role to play as the country moves towards a sustainable recovery, providing wide-ranging social benefits and encouraging creativity, regeneration and growth.
This £36 million recovery package from the government, which we will deliver in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, offers vital support to help heritage organisations sustain themselves during the challenging months ahead. I urge them to apply as soon as possible.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact:

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The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

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