Emergency Funding

Emergency and hardship funds launched for the cultural sector that you can apply for are listed below

    Equity Charitable Trust

    Equity Charitable Trust – new fund that does not require to be a current Equity member in order to apply.

    National Lottery Heritage Fund

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund has established a £50M fund and ‘halted’ new applications

    The National Lottery Community Fund

    All funds for the next 6 months will be focused on Covid-19. This is worth approximately £300million

    Plymouth city council

    COVID-19 grants for businesses in Plymouth and how to apply

    Aviva Community Fund

    The Fund has broadened its criteria to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs

    Musicians Union

    The Musicians Union has announced a hardship fund for members

    Peninsula Dance Partnership

    Peninsula Dance Partnership – CPD Dance Card Bursary

    Dance Professionals Fund

    Financial grants to dance professionals of all ages

    Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

    A £1.5m emergency fund for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis

    Art Fund

    Art Fund – grant programmes are currently still open. Small Project Grants provide funding to test new ways of working that will benefit audiences, whilst Network Grants
    provide funding to support professional networks, including SSNs, in sharing expertise and knowledge.

    Royal Theatrical Fund

    Considering applications from all members of the profession who have contracted Covid-19 or need to self-isolate due to health reasons

    MAD Trust

    Hardship Fund of up to £200 to anyone who has ever worked on/for a MAD Trust event

    Society of Authors

    An emergency fund open to all writers, illustrators, journalists, translators, scriptwriters and poets

    Creative Industries Federation

    Free six-month membership

    National Lottery Heritage Fund

    Larger Grants Now Available, grantees can now apply now for £50,000 and £250,000 to cover essential costs for up to four months


    BFI has repurposed over £4.6m in National Lottery funding to target specific areas of the sector

    Actors Benevolent Fund

    Weekly payments, small grants and larger one-off payments to actors

    Plymouth City Council

    The discretionary fund will support businesses who have fixed costs and have been affected by COVID-19.  The intention of the grant is to support small businesses with high premises-related costs that fell outside of the original grant scheme.

    Film and TV Charity

    Emergency relief fund and advice for organisations and freelancers

    The Theatrical Guild

    Fund offering short and long-term support to backstage and front of house workers

    Fund For Freelancers

    One off grants for theatre professionals

    Equity Charitable Trust

    One off welfare grants to any professional performer

    Equity Benevolent Fund

    One-off grants of £60 – £350 to Equity Members

    Actors Children’s Trust

    One-off grants for actors who are parents


    The below opportunities have now closed.

    Stage One

    Small grants for emerging producers or Stage One development alumni

    Outdoor Arts UK

    £500,000 fund for people who work in Outdoor Arts but who do not qualify for other funding streams

    Help Musician UK

    A £5 million hardship fund to help alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures.

    Film and TV Charity

    Film and TV Charity (new fund)

    PRS for Music

    A membership Emergency Relief Fund for members facing significant financial pressure

    ARTS Council England

    A £160m emergency response package to support individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations.