The Rock Stone Masonry receives a grant of £5,000 from the Heritage Recovery fund to help recover from COVID-19 pandemic

25th Febuary 2021

  • 91 organisations and individuals have been awarded grants through the Heritage Recovery Fund to help recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The Heritage Recovery Fund is being distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Department of Communities
  • The fund is part of the £29million Executive allocation to support the arts, culture, heritage and language sectors in Northern Ireland

The Rock Stone Masonry has been awarded £5,000 to help recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 funding will help to extend the number of classes that we can offer at ‘Carved at The Castle.’ We plan to use the grant to purchase tools and equipment so we can deliver classes to suit all skill levels.

 

Nathan Morrow, owner of The Rock Stone Masonry outlines what the funding means for the organisation.

“We are very grateful to the Department of Communities and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for this funding.  We are eager and look forward to opening our heritage workshop again. Thankfully due to the funding received, we have the capability to expand workshops into various skill sets and provide the public with more traditional heritage skills classes in a historical setting.”

 

The Heritage Recovery Fund is part of the £29million Executive allocation that was made to the Department of Communities to support the arts, culture, heritage and language sectors which have been severely impacted by COVID-19.

 

This is the latest package of support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the heritage sectors across the UK throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Last year, the organisation committed over £600million 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, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“We are grateful to the Department for the 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 risks 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 vital role in their recovery.

 

“Heritage has an essential role 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 Fund, go to:

 

ww.heritagefund.org.uk

 

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