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Emergency fund available for Bucks Heritage sites

The emergency grants are aimed at small organisations.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:39pm 22nd April 2020. 3-minute read.

Emergency fund available for Bucks Heritage sites

Historical sites across the county are struggling during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Historic England has set up an emergency fund to help struggling sites across the country, including here in Buckinghamshire. 

Sites like Mentmore Towers and Halton House, Aylesbury Vale, could be helped through this fund. 

The aim of the fund is to extend the safety net for smaller organisations as far as possible so they can survive immediate challenges posed by the pandemic and prepare for recovery.

Historic England, which is responsible for looking after the nation's historic environment has developed this in response to their survey. 

Looking at the impact of coronavirus on smaller organisations, those who employee 10 or less people, found most were struggling. 

In the South East, 74% said they had lost business in the short term with 65% reporting they had been forced to postpone or cancel income-generating events. 

Duncan Wilson, Historic England's Chief Executive, said:

"We know that Coronavirus has hit everyone hard, including the heritage sector, and that there are many individuals and organisations that are really struggling for survival at the moment. The safeguarding of their livelihoods will also determine the survival of our most precious heritage.

"Many of the skills that are needed to protect our heritage are already in desperately short supply and if these skilled specialists go out of business during this difficult time, the hard truth is that some of our heritage will be lost forever."    

Heritage Minister Nigel Huddleston said:

"This funding from Historic England is a very welcome addition to the unprecedented package of support from the government and will help support our heritage organisations through this challenging time. 

"This will allow the sector to carry out important work to protect our heritage at a time when people must follow the government instruction to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."

Applicants are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to address financial difficulties arising from Coronavirus. Grants of £50,000 are also available for projects and activities that reduce risks to heritage by providing information, resources and skills. Existing Historic England grant recipients should get in contact with their individual project contacts to discuss what flexibility they might require at this time.
 
The deadline for new applications is midnight on 3 May 2020 and the funding for successful applications will be awarded from mid-May. 

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