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.

    Dance Professionals Fund

    Financial grants to dance professionals of all ages

    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

    Actors Benevolent Fund

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

    The Arts Council England

    Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.  The fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners.

    Deadline: 04.2021


    is a new fund which aims to encourage artists to create bold political work with fast-turnaround funding which enables fast action.

    Actors Children’s Trust

    One-off grants for actors who are parents

    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.

    Society of Authors

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

    European Cultural Foundation

    The fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global pandemic crisis reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.

    The Theatrical Guild

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

    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

    Innovate Grant

    Innovate Grant is accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards two $550.00 USD grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer

    Kickstart Scheme

    If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.


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

    Equity Charitable Trust

    One off welfare grants to any professional performer

    MAD Trust

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

    Equity Benevolent Fund

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

    Film & TV Production Restart Scheme

    To support the film and television industry restart production in the UK, by making direct compensation available to eligible film and television producers

    Creative Cornwall Calling

    Funds are for cultural and creative self-employed/ organisations based in Cornwall. You need a crowdfunding project to apply for funding.

    Learning Disability England

    Learning disability England are awarding small grants of up to £5,000 with money from the Department of Health and Social Care.

    The money must be used to help organisations who support people with autism, people with learning disabilities and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and their families and carers.    

    Local Restrictions Support Grant

    Plymouth businesses that have been forced to close due to the national COVID-19 restrictions will now be able to apply for financial support through Plymouth City Council.

    The Government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) scheme is available to support businesses that have been legally required to close and occupy a rateable property.

    Restart Grants

    The new Restart Grants are designed to help businesses reopen safely. Eligible businesses including will receive a one-off grant to help their business as Covid-19 restrictions are gradually lifted.

    Businesses must complete an application form in order to claim their Restart Grant. With payments aiming to be made within 2 weeks.

    Deadline: 30.06.2021

    UK Global Screen Fund

    The £7m UKGSF will support content made by independent UK film and screen companies exporting to markets around the world. It will provide grants for business development, co-production, and international distribution.

    Deadline: 30.06.2021

    Funding Available for UK Visual Artists and Small Arts Organisations

    Committed to helping artists and art institutions and galleries that depart from the routine and signal new, distinct and imaginative sets of possibilities.

    Funding priority is given to artists in the fine arts and small organisations and galleries within the United Kingdom.

    Grants are usually limited to £2,000, but larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered.

    Deadline: 27.06.2021

    Recovery Loan Scheme

    The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Up to £10 million is available per business.

    The scheme is open until: 31.12.2021

    Society of Authors Work In Progress Grant

    The Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust award grants twice yearly to writers whose book project is for a commercial UK publisher. 

    These grants assist writers with research costs or by buying them time to write, helping them to bring exciting new work into the world.

    Deadlines: 1st February annually (Funds in May) and 1st July annually (Funds in October)

    Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme

    Providing grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

    This scheme will prioritise improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance.

    Deadline: 07.06.2021


    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.

    The Art Fund

    Grants from £10,000 to £50,000 to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

    Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

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

    ARTS Council England

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

    Film and TV Charity

    Emergency relief fund and advice for organisations and freelancers

    PRS for Music

    A membership Emergency Relief Fund for members facing significant financial pressure

    Peninsula Dance Partnership

    Peninsula Dance Partnership – CPD Dance Card Bursary

    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


    Covid-19 Response Fund will provide grants of up to £10,000 for specialist women’s organisations across the UK.

    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.

    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

    Creative Industries Federation

    Free six-month membership

    Creative England & Ideate Plymouth

    Ideate Plymouth can help you to implement immersive technology to grow your business. Successful applicants will receive one to one mentoring and community building and commercialisation support. This programme is completely free to businesses in and around Plymouth.

    Film and TV Charity

    Film and TV Charity (new fund)

    Arts Council England

    ACE – National Lottery Project Grants will open July 22, and will prioritise independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers.

    Arts Council England

    ACE Developing your Creative Practice –  a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector.

    National Lottery Heritage Fund

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

    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.

    Deadline: 31.07.2020

    Arts Council England

    Culture Recovery Fund – Grants and repayable finance of between £50,000 and £3 million will be awarded from a budget of up to £500 million to organisations affected by the Covid-19 crisis that are at risk of no longer trading viably by the end of this financial year.

    Round 1: 10.08.20 – 21.08.20

    Round 2: 21.08.20 – 04.09.2020

    Youth Music

    Youth Music – Incubator Fund offers grants of £5,000 to £30,000 are available to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries.

    Deadline: 14.08.2020

    The Baring Foundation

    Baring Foundation – Arts programme supporting Arts and Mental Health.

    Deadline: 18.08.2020

    National Lottery Fund and Historic England

    Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before COVID-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure.

    Deadline: 17.08.2020


    Community Investigations fund aim to support and explore the consequences and impact of COVID 19, and particularly encourage applications that will attempt to delve beneath the surface and ask more radical questions of the UK society dynamics.

    Deadline: 21.09.2020

    The Dylan Thomas Prize

    The International Dylan Thomas Prize is an annual competitive prize awarded to the single author aged 18-39 who has written the best literary work.

    The main prize for the winner is £20,000 with runners-up Awards of £500.

    Deadline: 09.11.2020

    Theatre Artists Fund/ Netflix

    Theatre Artists Fund/ Netflix- The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK.

    Theatre Artists Fund

    Set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. The fund offers easy access individual grants of £1,000 for freelance professional theatre workers.

    Women in Innovation Award 2020/21

    The aim of this competition is to find women with exciting, innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. The awards are for female founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in businesses that have been operating for at least one year.

    Deadline: 14.10.2020

    BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine

    Ten established disabled artists will be commissioned from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to create new video or audio works to be published on BBC platforms in 2021.

    Deadline: 08.01.2021

    Art Fund

    New Grant Fund: Art Fund Respond & reimagine grants
    Aim to help museums, galleries & cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future £10-50k

    Available for UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries, visual arts agencies or festivals

    Digital Collaboration Fund

    The fund aims to address the challenge of continuing to support international artistic collaboration during COVID-19 restrictions.

    Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organisation and one organisation based in one of the selected ODA-eligible countries.

    Projects must take place between 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021

    Deadline: 18.11.2020

    Weston Culture Fund

    To be eligible for funding, organisations must have had an annual income of over £500,000 in their pre-COVID-19 audited accounts. Smaller organisations can apply for the Foundation’s regular grants programme. Grants of between £100,000 and £2 million will be awarded, with the size of the grant depending on the annual income of the applicant.

    Deadline: 09.11.2020

    The Jerwood/FVU Awards

    The Jerwood/FVU Awards provide an opportunity for UK-based moving-image artists in the first five years of developing their professional practice. The call invites artists to make proposals for ambitious new works, two of which will be chosen for financial support.

    Queer writers of color

    Queer Writers of Colour relief fund

    Musicians Financial Hardship Funding

    Help Musicians’ second wave of financial hardship support will help those ineligible for government emergency safety nets or unable to survive on what they receive.

    Phase 2 Deadline: 31.10.2020

    Creative England

    The New Ideas fund  – is a programme of small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling.

    Musicians Union

    The Musicians Union has announced a hardship fund for members

    Developing Your Creative Practice

    Designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. This fund will create more pathways for individuals from a range of creative practices and backgrounds.

    Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP)

    The fund supports individual cultural and creative practitioners to take time to focus on their creative development with grats fro £2,000-£10,000

    Round 9 deadline: 21.12.2020

    Further rounds throughout 2021

    Netflix Documentary Talent Fund

    The opportunity will be open to everyone and will give ten filmmakers, and their teams, the chance to make a short documentary film with a budget of between £20,000 and £40,000 each. All teams will be under the guidance of Netflix and other filmmaking professionals, to ensure that filmmakers and everyone involved in the production are fairly paid, and in a bid to open doors to those most under-represented in the industry. 

    Deadline: 31.01.2021

    Fund For Freelancers

    One off grants for theatre professionals

    Thriving Communities Fund

    The fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFSE) projects that bring together place-based partnerships.

    Deadline: 08.01.2021

    Maureen Attrill Bursary

    Applications are welcome for a bursary up to £1250 to support research project linked to the Box’s art collections.

    The successful applicant will be expected to produce a project summary and a 1,000+ word article on their findings. They will also be offered the opportunity to present their research as part of The Box’s events programme in 2021.

    Deadline: 21.12.2020

    Culture Recovery Fund - Round 2

    Funding of between £25,000 and £3 million available in this round of funding.

    Open to cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England or who can demonstrate that the majority of their work takes place in England.

    Deadline: 26.01.2021

    PRS for Music Power Up Programme

    A new initiative which will support Black music creators and industry professionals and executives, as well addressing anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the music sector. In partnership with YouTube Music, Beggars Group and the Black Music Coalition, the Power Up initiative has been launched to bring together music industry partners across all sectors to accelerate change and remove barriers.

    Deadline: 10.03.2021

    Future Screens NI

    Applications are welcome across the full spectrum of the creative industries undertaking R&D across new, immersive and emerging technology.

    Deadline: 11.02.2021

    British Film Institute Round 2

    Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England will enable non-profit and independent cinemas to transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model, following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    Deadline: 01.02.2021

    The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs

    Applicants will be able to explore, develop and establish their creative ideas into sustainable ventures – through business planning training, mentoring and capital funding for starting-up.

    Deadline: 31.03.2021

    Creative England

    The Creative Enterprise* Business Planning Support – will pay grants of up to £5000 to support companies who work in moving image for storytelling, spanning film television, games and immersive, to build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth.