Covid-19 Resources

A summary of support from the government, ASC and others, as well as useful resources to support creative practices and personal wellbeing.

ASC Hardship Fund 5 – OPEN

The Hardship Fund 5 is now open for applications. This fund will provide 50% discounts at the discretion of ASC for January 2021. This may be extended. We would ask that you consider carefully the extent of your need so we are able to ensure the support goes to those who need it most.

Deadline: Sunday 20 December
Apply here:


ASC Hardship Fund 4

Applications now closed.

The Hardship Fund 4 was our forth round of support for ASC tenants facing significant financial hardship and offers partial waivers of studio fees.

ASC Hardship Fund 3

Applications now closed.

Following the first two rounds of support  (Hardship Fund/Special Hardship Fund, Hardship Fund 2), the Hardship Fund 3 was our third round of support for ASC tenants facing significant financial hardship and offers partial waivers of studio fees.

ASC Hardship Fund 2

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.

Government support

Click here for a full list of government support

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

Deferring Self-Assessment Payments
Choose how and when you can delay making your second payment on account for the 2019 to 2020 tax year. 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

Eaton Fund
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

Additional resources

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.


Croydon Creative Directory – now live and showcasing the best of Croydon’s creatives. Sign up for free and create your own profile, adding ASC as collaborator when you join. A great opportunity promote your practice and work in the borough and engage with other creatives, designers, artists, musicians, filmmakers and arts organisations close by.

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


Guidlines for working safely in your workspace