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Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Arts Council England want to support artists, creative practitioners and freelancers as best they can in this crisis.

They’re making £20 million of financial support available to individuals, so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.

Total fund – £20 million

Grant range – Up to £2,500

Eligibility – Creative practitioners whose main work is focused on these art forms and disciplines:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Combined Arts
  • Museums practice
  • Libraries (activity that helps deliver the Universal Library Offers)

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

They are also exploring reasonable adjustments that will ensure applicants with access requirements have an equal chance of benefiting from this fund. This would include anyone ill due to Covid-19.

Key dates:

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

Please note that, since this is an emergency response fund, our notice period for making and processing applications is much shorter than usual. We may need to adjust our timelines depending on the volume of applications we receive.

We’ve created Word document versions of the application to give you the chance to draft your application offline before you enter it into Grantium. 

We will not accept this document as an application form. To submit your application, you will need to paste the answers to the questions into the online form on Grantium.

Download the application form >

For how to apply click here


  • Is eligibility international? Am a hand crafter in Nigeria

    • Hi, Unfortunately not, only UK based creatives. Thanks for your interest.

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