The National Motorcycle Museum applied for a grant from a fund which was established by the government to “provide funding support to organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19”.
On Saturday 31/10/20, they received an e-mail from the Heritage Lottery Fund (who are partly responsible for administering the scheme) that their application “did not meet the criteria for the programme, and the board has decided not to award a grant through the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage”.
This news was a bitter blow to the National Motorcycle Museum. They had applied for funding in the under £1 Million category in order to help retain all of their expert team of people, as well as preserving the museum collection of British motorcycles as the largest in the world. These are some of the things that have now been put in jeopardy.
All the team at the museum want to thank everyone who has given to their own Covid-19 raffle and appeal since its launch in July. Everyone can be assured that the funds raised so far will go directly towards us reopening the museum for a limited number of days each week early in 2021.
However, the museum are still a long way short of their £500k target, and this huge setback lends even more importance to their current appeal which includes the chance to win one of the three bikes shown in the image.
For more details of how you can help the museum during this difficult time, please visit https://www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum.co.uk/appeal-raffle/