Arts Council England COVID-19 emergency support for organisations and individuals

Arts Council England (ACE) is making £160 million of emergency funding available for arts and culture organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACE has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding.

Funding for National Portfolio Organisations

 ACE is making £90 million available to NPOs intended to help reboot their creative work, but also to alleviate financial pressures from the crisis. Applications will be open soon. More information here.

Funding for organisations outside of the National Portfolio

£50 million will be made available to organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council (so NPOs and Music Education Hubs are excluded - see above for NPO support).

  • Open to organisations with a track record of publicly-funded culture
  • Organisations who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are welcome to apply for this support.
  • The maximum amount to apply for will be £35,000.
  • Potential applicants must register on Grantium (the ACE application system) before 4 April 2020
  • This fund can be used to support business resilience as well as enable cultural organisations to develop new public-facing activity during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • More information here, with a detailed timetable to be published on 30 March.

Funding for individuals

ACE are making £20 million of financial support available to individuals in the cultural sector, including artists, practitioners and freelancers so that they may better sustain themselves and their work in the coming months.

  • Grants of up to £2,500 are available with a track record in publicly-funded culture.
  • £4 million from this £20 million budget will be made available for grants to benevolent funds targeted at other cultural workers. More information on this will be shared soon.
  • Potential applicants must register on Grantium (the ACE application system) before 4 April 2020
  • More information here, with a detailed timetable to be published on 30 March.

Creative practitioners whose main work is focused on these artforms and disciplines are eligible:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Combined Arts
  • Museums practice
  • Magicians and comedians can apply to this fund, as long as they have a track record of receiving public funding for their work.

This work includes: choreographers, writers, translators, producers, editors, freelance educators in the disciplines and artforms we support, composers, directors, designers, artists, craft makers and curators.

Support for funded organisations and individuals

ACE has prepared an update on all live funds, including any temporary pauses or application deadline changes. It has also provided information for organisations and individuals already in receipt of Arts Council funding.

Read more here.

 

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