Grants for charities and social enterprises in England occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
The new £1 million programme is intended to help previously sustainable organisations that care for, work with, or manage historic buildings to fund consultancy support to develop new operating models and business plans, where the impact of COVID-19 means the organisation is at risk of no longer trading viably by March 2021. The funding aims to enable organisations to achieve a clear plan towards future financial viability and help them remain resilient during a challenging time.
Grants of up to £50,000 per organisation are available (with potentially a further round to follow in early 2021).
The funding is to be used to commission specialist support from consultants to help achieve a clear adaptable and flexible plan towards future financial viability. This may be actioned through adapting the existing business plan or developing a new plan or operating model for the most cost-effective route to sustainability that will be viable beyond March 2021, with the aim of helping secure the building and the community’s interest in it.
The deadline for applications is 9 November 2020 (12pm).