Culture Recovery Fund

This page was last reviewed 8 January. 

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>> 

For museums in England

Culture Recovery Fund 2

Arts Council England is distributing £250m in the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund:

  • The deadline for loans applications has now closed.
  • The deadline for grants applications is 12noon Tuesday 26 January 2021.
  • Funding is for activity in the period 1 April 2021 – 30 June 2021T,
  • he purpose of CRF2 differs to CRF1 with the emphasis on supporting culturally significant organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during the 2021/22 Financial Year, and to support them to deliver a clear plan that returns them to that point.
  • For grants you can apply for any amount between £25,000 and £3 million
  • DCMS is setting individual and aggregate limits on the amount of Grant funding that can be applied for. These limits are £1 million for profit-making organisations and £3 million for non-profit organisations per round, and in total across the CRF rounds. These limits apply to all Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programmes, including those delivered by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and the British Film Institute. This means for example, if a non-profit organisation received £2.5 million in CRF: Grants at round one, then they would only be eligible for a Grant of £500,000 in round two.
  • Organisations (except Local Authorities and Universities – for further information on these please see the Guidance) can only apply to one Arms Length Body for Cultural Recovery Funding. Museums with either Accredited or working towards Accreditation status should apply to Arts Council England. Heritage organisations with a museum with either Accredited or working towards Accreditation status should also apply to the Arts Council administered CRF. Non-Accredited Museums should apply to National Lottery Heritage Fund’s programme. If you are a previous recipient of Culture Recovery Fund: Grants funding, you should submit any new application to the same body that processed and awarded the grant last time (so, for instance, any Accredited museum in receipt of CRF funding from NLHF in the first round should apply to NLHF this time too).  We cannot transfer applications and if you apply to the incorrect body we cannot consider your application and it will be deemed ineligible.

Grants – click here to find out more and make an application>>

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing £36m of funding to organisations in England, in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by DCMS.

  • Grants of between £10,000 and £3m.
  • The deadline for applications is 26 January 2021.

Click here to find out more>>

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

Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland

The Heritage Recovery Fund Northern Ireland has now closed to applications.

Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund

The Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund for independent museums, archives and libraries has now closed.

For museums in Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland Museum Recovery and Resilience Fund has now closed.

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. 

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