COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Arts and Cultural Organisations

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Arts and Cultural Organisations

Wednesday, 1 April, 2020

Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Arts Council England has launched an emergency response fund for organisations outside of the National Portfolio.

This funding has come from reallocation of National Lottery Project Grants, Developing your Creative Practice and Development Funds, for the 2020-21 period, and uses up almost all of their reserves.

The main focus for this fund is ensuring the arts and culture sector can continue and survive during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Any applications should demonstrate how the development they want to undertake will enable the organisation to do this.

This fund is to support organisations to get back on their feet, or to continue making work in the future that will mean they can contribute to delivering the new strategy, Let’s Create.

Eligible organisations must have experience of delivering work that was funded (directly or indirectly) by bodies such as Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, local authorities, universities, public sector bodies, trusts and foundations, libraries, etc. 

Deaf and disabled led organisations/creative practitioners will be prioritised.

A total of £50 million is available through this fund and organisations may apply for grants of a maximum £35,000.

There will be two rounds of this fund.  Applicants can apply to only one of these rounds.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Round one: opens on 9 April 2020, with a deadline of 16 April 2020
  • Round two: opens on 16 April 2020, with a deadline of 30 April 2020.

Applicants will need to register for Grantium before submitting an online application form.


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