Details for Arts Council England’s financial support for individual practitioners are now available on their website:

We are making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

Total fund

£20 million

Grant range

Up to £2,500


Creative practitioners whose main work is focused on these artforms 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 artforms we support, composers, directors, designers, artists, craft makers and curators.

We 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

There will be two rounds of this fund.  You can apply to only one of these rounds.

If you apply to the first round you will not be able to apply to the second round, even if we are unable to offer you a grant in the first round.

We will split our budget equally across both rounds. Please apply to the round that suits your circumstances best.

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.

If you start an application for Round one but don’t submit it, you will be able to access it when the portal opens for Round two. You will then be able to submit it in Round two.

Round Open Deadline
Round 1 09 April 2020 16 April 2020
Round 2 16 April 2020 30 April 2020
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