Belfast’s Linen Hall Library has been awarded £166,200 from the Heritage Recovery Fund to help recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The money is being distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Department for Communities as part of the £29million NI Executive allocation for heritage, arts, culture and languages.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund announced grants to help 50 organisations and 41 individuals adapt, recover and re-open following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants from the Heritage Recovery Fund were awarded to a wide range of organisations and individuals in the heritage sector, from historic sites, attractions and landscapes, to tour guides and specialist heritage conservators.
The fund will help the Linen Hall Library with its immediate costs in these challenging times and will also provide an opportunity for capacity-building initiatives which will contribute to longer term recovery.
Linen Hall Director Julie Andrews said: “The Heritage Recovery Fund money is vitally needed for the Library to continue doing its great work and sustaining us through these unprecedented times. We thank The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Communities for supporting one of Northern Ireland’s most important cultural institutions.”
This is the latest package of support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the Heritage sector across the UK throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Last year, the organisation committed over £600 million of National Lottery and Government funding to more than 1,500 heritage organisations along with expertise and advice on adapting to the pandemic.
Paul Mullan, Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland, said:
“We are grateful to the Department for Communities for providing this funding and enabling us to help a wide range of organisations and individuals in Northern Ireland’s heritage sector to recover from the current crisis.
“The risk to heritage sites, attractions and organisations from a sudden and dramatic loss of income as a result of the pandemic, have put the heritage and visitor economy in crisis, and this funding will play a vital role in their recovery.
“Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, creating economic prosperity, and supporting personal wellbeing. All of these are going to be vitally important as we emerge from the current pandemic.”
To find out more about The National Lottery Heritage Fund, go to: www.heritagefund.org.uk
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