Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund Opens Soon

The Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund has been established to support Wales’ culture and arts sectors which are coping with a loss of revenue as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The scheme is designed to protect sustainable organisations and as many jobs as possible in order to ensure the sector survives the crisis and remains vibrant, viable and sustainable in 2021 and beyond. Whilst this is primarily a rescue and recovery package, according to the Welsh Government, it presents an opportunity to deliver transformational change within the sector.

There is a total fund budget of £18.5 million available. Non-repayable grants of up to £150,000 (up to 100% of eligible costs) per organisation will be available via two application entry points:

Under £10,000: quick process for smaller organisations based on eligible costs.

Between £10,000 and £150,000: more detailed process based on eligible costs.

There will also be a £7 million fund for freelancers to support individuals in the sector who have been impacted by the pandemic.

An online triage system will indicate the appropriate route for organisations to follow.

The scheme will be open to Wales-based organisations such as music venues; recording and rehearsal studios; heritage organisations and historic attractions; accredited museums and archive services; libraries; events and their technical support suppliers; independent cinemas and the publishing sector.

An online eligibility checker is now open and organisations will be able to make applications from 14 September 2020 until 30 September 2020.

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