Arts Council Emergency Funding

We are aware that many of our ITC members are going through the process of applying for Arts Council England’s Emergency Funds. Below is a summary of the current advice and information.


Arts Council England

Financial support for organisations outside of the National Portfolio

Round one opens for applications on 9 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 13 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 12pm (midday) 16 April.

Round two opens for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 27 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 30 April.

A pdf template of the application is attached at the bottom of this helpsheet, to help you draft your application before entering it into Grantium.


Arts Council England Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Round one for applications opened at 12pm (midday) on 9 April 2020 and applicants would have needed to register on Grantium by 13 April in order to make an application for this round.
Round two** opens for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will **need to register on Grantium by 27 April in order to make an application for this round. Guidance can be found on Arts Council England’s website here.

With very high volumes of users accessing Grantium, ACE have provided a word template to give you the chance to draft your application offline before you enter it into Grantium. This can be accessed here.

Max May, the Chief Exec of RURAL ARTS has created an eligibility checker for this fund that can be found here.


Benevolent funds

A £4 million portion of Arts Council England’s £20 million fund has been set aside to contribute to the following benevolent funds to support individuals. A list of the benevolent funds can be found here


Arts Council Wales

Together with the Welsh Government, Arts Council Wales have reallocated money from existing budgets to create an urgent response fund of £7 million. There are three funding stream available.

Urgent Response Fund for Individuals

For freelance artists and creative practitioners experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to Coronavirus this is a grant of up to £2,500. There’s no minimum level of support.

Round one opens for applications on Tuesday 14 April 2020 and applicants will need to have submitted an online application no later than the deadline of 12noon (midday) on Monday 20 April.
Round two opens for applications on Tuesday 28 April 2020 and applicants will need to have submitted an online an application no later than the deadline of 12noon (midday) Wednesday 6 May 2020.

Stabilisation Fund for Individuals

For freelance artists and creative practitioners trying to survive the threat to their livelihoods caused by Coronavirus.

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available.

The fund opens for applications from:

Friday 29 May 2020 until Monday 15 June 2020

Stabilisation Fund for Organisations

Arts Portfolio Wales organisations and organisations outside the Portfolio will be able to apply for support.

The fund opens for applications from: Tuesday 21 April 2020 until Friday 8 May 2020

The closing date for applications is May 8, 2020.


Creative Scotland

Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Development

A fund launched in March 2020 in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic to focus support on helping individuals and organisations to sustain themselves
Funding available for between £1k and £50k
The fund aims to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances
The overall budget for the Open Fund for Individuals and the Open Fund for Organisations totals £7.5m of National Lottery money
The Open Fund for Organisations will not be in competition for funding applications for individuals
The fund is Open all year round, with no deadlines and can support activity for up to 12 months.

New Bridging Bursary programme

A Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19.
Applications were opened on Monday 30th March.
Applications to the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary were paused at 6pm on Thursday 2nd April.
There will be a second round of applications which will be open from *Monday 20 April. This will close on Friday 25 April. *


Arts Council Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced funding of £1m to support the arts sector in Northern Ireland.

A message from the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, welcoming the Creative Support Fund can be viewed here.


If you have any feedback about this process that you feel would be useful to share with the ITC membership please do get in touch!