Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund
● Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
● Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the Heritage Stimulus Fund
● First major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
The Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
445 organisations will share £103 million, including the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.
The Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust has been awarded £106,700 which will secure the ongoing maintenance of this grade 1 listed building and its gardens and cover some of the essential fixed overheads. The funding will spearhead the development of the Charity’s digital strategy, a transformation which will help build a more resilient organisation. The funding will assist the board to carry out a robust review of our business plan into the future whilst protecting the jobs and livelihoods of the small team that work so hard to protect and preserve Hoghton Tower.
This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arms length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.
433 organisations will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help with costs for operating, reopening and recovery. This includes famous heritage sites across the country, from Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Blyth Tall Ship to the Severn Valley Railway, the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire to the Piecehall in Halifax. The funds will save sites that are a source of pride for communities across the country.
12 organisations, including English Heritage, Landmark Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the Canal and River Trust, will receive £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to restart construction and maintenance on cherished heritage sites to preserve visitor attractions and protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors in the sector.
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has also been awarded a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund through Historic England. The AHF will use the funding to support charities and social enterprises occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies for organisations affected by the pandemic.