Chiswick House has announced it has received support from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund to make up some of the hole in their budget made by Covid-19.
Director Xanthe Arvanitakis launched a fundraising campaign in May, saying they needed to bring in £1,000 per day to pay for the upkeep of Chiswick House and Gardens, and raise £120,000 by the end of September, because they’d lost all the revenue from commercial events that should have taken place this summer and autumn, but have been cancelled because of the coronavirus.
The Trust has received £23,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund.
“A huge thank you to National Lottery players for making it possible” she said.
The Gardens were extensively restored between 2006 – 2010, with the help of many trusts, foundations and individuals, including National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The National Lottery announced recently a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need, with individual grants of up to £250,000.
“It’s clear that the economic impact of the virus will be severe, with huge consequences for jobs, local places and communities. In addition to this funding” said Chief Executive Ros Kerslake. “The National Lottery is playing a critical role and we are continuing to support organisations through our £50million Heritage Emergency Fund”.
“Heritage is vitally important in making communities better places to live, creating economic prosperity and supporting personal wellbeing – it is essential we do everything we can to support it so it can continue to play this role.”
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