Skillngtons has received a grant of £10,100 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help us manage the increased costs and the uncertainty around working through the Covid pandemic. We are one of 2,700 recipients from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
Although we have been fortunate to have been able to manage an almost continuous stream of work since mid-May 2020, having had to take advantage of the government’s furlough scheme for our site staff for seven weeks, there have been numerous increased costs. In line with industry guidance we have revised our travel arrangements and had to provide additional vehicles to avoid sharing long journeys in vans.
Our work regularly involves having to stay away, which has been particularly challenging in terms of finding suitable digs which are not shared, eating arrangements, and indeed for the wellbeing of our team. A lot of our work involves handling heavy and awkward objects or working in relatively confined spaces, and we have had to adjust methods accordingly to minimise compromising social distancing. The grant will help mitigate these costs and allow us to manage our way through to what we hope are less turbulent times.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen in the months ahead.”
The funding awarded just before Easter is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England
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