Heritage organisations including Titanic Belfast, National Trust NI and Creggan Country Park have been awarded funding, along with self-employed tour guides, stonemasons, coppersmiths and conservators.
The awards made to 50 organisations and 41 individuals aim to safeguard jobs for the long-term and enable recipients to adapt and prepare for reopening or restarting work when restrictions permit.
Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic has received £1.63 million from the Heritage Recovery Fund © Titanic Belfast to support the recovery and reopening of the attraction, as well as protect the future of its heritage – a significant driver of global tourism and economic growth for Northern Ireland.
“The risks to historic sites, attractions and essential heritage jobs and skills from a sudden and dramatic loss of income as a result of the pandemic, have put the heritage and visitor economy in crisis, and we hope this funding will play a vital role in their recovery,” states Paul Mullan, director, Northern Ireland, National Lottery Heritage Fund.
“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.”
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