Via its ‘Heritage Capital Kickstart Fund’, the National Lottery Heritage Fund will include £ 13.5 million in local grants to help restore 22 heritage sites affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the UK.
Anticipated pre-pandemic restoration and repair programs, facing delays or increased costs, can now be resumed thanks to this investment.
‘Culture Recovery Fund’
As part of the government’s £ 1.57bn ‘Culture Recovery Fund’ package, the Heritage Capital Kickstart Fund is distributed on behalf of DCMS through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
National Lottery Heritage Fund CEO Ros Kerslake said: “These are all ongoing major refurbishment and restoration projects, funded by us, which have been threatened by the pandemic.
“From the oldest surviving outdoor swimming baths to a Victorian pier, and from a much-loved park to a historic abbey, these are all places that will enrich hundreds of lives when they reopen.
“We are delighted this extra funding from the Culture Recovery Fund will ensure that these exciting projects will go ahead.”
Sites included in the scheme
The Cleveland Pools in Bath, the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, and the Bevis Marks Synagogue in London are among the heritage sites around the UK included in the funding scheme.
Last year, two more projects, the Hall for Cornwall and the Dorset Museum, were awarded grants, raising the overall aid to £ 15 million.
Oliver Dowden, Secretary for Culture, added: “The aim of this funding has always been to protect cultural venues in the heart of communities up and down the country. These awards show we are doing just that – and saving jobs along the way.
“We’re investing the Culture Recovery Fund in the places people can’t wait to get back to when it is safe to do so.”
The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England awarded a £ 2.9m grant to London’s Alexandra Palace in December last year to help save the iconic site from the risk of closure after the effect of COVID-19 was also hard hit.