National Motorcycle Museum funding application refused

Covid 19 Appeal Raffle2

Published on 5 November 2020 by Mike Waters

An application by the National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) for funding from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help sustain it through the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic has been refused. 

Administered by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is intended to provide funding support to organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19”. As the BMF has previously covered, the NMM has seen a severe drop in visitor numbers and reduced business at the connected conference centre and two hotels because of the pandemic.  

However, the NMM has been informed by the Heritage Lottery Fund that its 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”.   

Commenting, Museum Director James Hewing said: “We cannot begin to describe what a bitter blow this news was. We had applied for funding in the under £1 million category in order to help retain all of our expert team of people, as well as preserving the museum's collection of British motorcycles as the largest in the world. These are some of the things that have now been put in jeopardy.“ 

To help raise funds through other means, the NMM has launched both a direct appeal for the public's assistance and a raffle of three bikes (pictured) so that it can raise enough money to open for a limited number of days per week in early 2021. On December 21, the NMM will hold a special COVID-19 Museum Appeal Raffle with the chance to win one of the following: 

1st prize: 1977 Norton Commando 850cc 
2nd prize: 1948 Ariel NG 350cc 
3rd prize: 1959 BSA B31 350cc 

Tickets are £6 each and they can be bought through the NMM’s website here. To donate directly to the reopening appeal fund, please click here. 

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