A summary of support from the government, ASC and others, as well as useful resources to support creative practices and personal wellbeing.
Applications now closed.
Following the first round of support measures (Hardship Fund and Special Hardship Fund), the Hardship Fund 2 is our second round of support for ASC tenants facing significant financial hardship and offers partial waivers of studio fees.
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus. If eligible, you’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant from 17 August 2020. More information here
Discretionary Grants Fund
Supports small and micro businesses (in some cases sole-traders) that are not eligible for other grant schemes. Each council will have an independent application process. Apply directly with the council where your workspace is located. More information here
Self Employment and Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs, available at a rate equivalent to statutory sick pay and will cover 30% of house rental costs. More information here
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furloughing employees)
Now accepting claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. Employers can claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ (employees on a leave of absence) usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month. More info here
Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
For employers, support for businesses who are paying sick pay to employees. The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the current rate of SSP that they pay to current or former employees for periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020. More information here
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
For small or medium business and can repay the loan in the future. Supports SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) with access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million and for up to 6 years. More information here
Other funding and support
Provides small grants to help male or female artists and art students. Grants are restricted to artists and students working in the visual arts fields, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, print-making, photography, and video installations. More information here
Arts Council National Lottery Projects Grants
Returning after a break on 22 July. Fund has been improved to respond better to needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19 and to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. More information here
Black Artists Grant
No strings attached financial support to help the selected artists in whatever they want. The beginning of an ongoing project of support funded by Creative Debuts who are a platform for emerging artists. More information here
Women’s Resilience Fund
Smallwood Trust is offering funding and financial support for vulnerable women and those on low incomes who have specific needs and are struggling to make ends meet. More information here
South East Creatives Top-up Grant
Top-up grants for sole traders or companies trading in the creative, cultural or digital sector. For specialist new equipment that you couldn’t quite afford or buying in expertise to help increase your customer base. More information here
Opportunities, listings, how to’s and advice for professional artists at any and every stage of their career, with a current emphasis on support and how to navigate the pandemic
Listing of resources from Metal, who support artists from the UK and overseas, working in all disciplines, at all career levels
Initiated by artist Matthew Burrows, artists and makers use the hashtag #artistsupportpledge to sell artworks under £200 on Instagram. When they have reached £1000 from sales they pledge to buy another artist’s work.
UnLonely Film Festival – 35+ films specifically curated to inspire, enlighten, elevate, and inform
Digital Art School, Hospital Rooms – with their usual work in mental health units on hold, Hospital Rooms has joined forces with internationally acclaimed artists to lead workshops from their studios and homes
Industry Minds – Mental health support service for those in the arts, plus podcast
‘What Comes Next’ – Darren Henley, CEO Arts Council England