Culture Recovery Fund

This page was last reviewed 12 April. 

For museums in England

Culture Recovery Fund round 3

In his 2021 Budget on 3 March, the Chancellor announced an additional £300 million for the Culture Recovery Fund. The extra £300m will further expand the £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund and includes:

  • £1.15bn of grants and loans (£880m grants and £270m loans).
  • £100m for National Museums and cultural bodies.
  • £120m Capital Kickstart Fund to restart and accelerate capital projects.
  • £188m Barnett consequential for the devolved administrations – £97m for the Scottish Government, £59m for the Welsh Government and £33m for the NI Executive.
  • £15m administrative support.

Details on how to apply for the additional funding will be published by DCMS in due course and shared on this page.

You can read the AIM statement regarding this announcement here>>

Culture Recovery Fund – round 1 and 2 awards

AIM members were amongst the beneficiaries in the first round of Culture Recovery Fund announcements which saw over £75m distributed to theatres, museums, dance companies and music venues in England. Read more about the museums to receive support here>> 

AIM members were again amongst the beneficiaries in the final grants from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund. Ambitious projects at 22 heritage organisations will benefit from £13.5 million in targeted grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restart regeneration and maintenance projects that were planned before the pandemic and now face delays or increased costs. This includes five AIM members, who between them will receive over £5.3 million. Read more about this announcement here>>

National Lottery Project Grants

National Lottery Project Grants reopened recently and are aimed at those who need funding for an arts, museums or libraries project that shows public benefit. ACE have updated the guidance removing the need for applicants to source match-funding; giving individuals time and space to think and plan with their funding; and making more museums and libraries projects eligible for funding. They are also open to applications from freelancers.

More details on ACE support

Getting help with your application

If your organisation does not have specialist fundraising expertise or you have never made an application to NLHF or ACE then we can help. View the slides from our online workshops with two of AIM’s experienced consultants, Marilyn Scott and Heather Lomas.

Slides from this session. – focus on Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Slides from this session – overview of ACE funding scheme

Not an AIM member? Find out how you can benefit from expert webinars like these along with a host of other member exclusives on our Join AIM page. 

For museums in Wales

Culture Recovery Fund Phase 2 Grant

In line with the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus Control Plan during 2021 there will be continued closures and restrictions that will significantly impact on the culture sector’s ability to reopen successfully and sustainably. The aim of this second phase of funding is to protect sustainable businesses and organisations and as many jobs in the sector as possible in order to ensure the sector survives the Covid-19 crisis and remains vibrant, viable and sustainable in 2021 and beyond.

The sector includes theatres, music venues, recording and rehearsal spaces, heritage attractions, heritage organisations, museums, libraries, galleries, archives, independent cinemas, comedy venues and events.

The funding is to cover the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

The Fund is now open for applications and will close on the 20 April at 5pm. The timing for the Fund for freelancers will be announced separately.

For museums in Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland has confirmed funding awards worth £800,000 in the latest COVID-19 support for civic and university museums and galleries in Scotland. Click here to read more>>

AIM Coronavirus resources

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