It’s finally here! More emergency fund for visual artists in England and Northern Ireland – and this time not necessarily those work in public funded projects.

Note: if you apply to a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money and/or Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund for Individuals and/or the Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund and/or Arts Council of Northern Ireland Artists Emergency Programme and you are successful, you may only accept ONE of these awards.

From a-n and Freelands Foundation:

The Freelands Foundation is committed to supporting artists, organisations, audiences and staff during the COVID-19 crisis. More than ever, these extraordinarily challenging times have shone a light on the transformative power of the arts and creativity, by inspiring individuals and connecting communities across the UK.

Therefore, the Foundation is pleased to announce that it has now committed a total of £3m in emergency funds to support artists and freelance creative practitioners that are in urgent need of financial support due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the four nations of the UK.

The Foundation has partnered with a-n The Artists Information Company to set up a new £1.5m Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund, for artists and freelancers in the visual arts sector living in England and Northern Ireland. Open from Thursday 7 May, the new fund will support grants of £1,500 to £2,500 per person, assessed by need, with £1m going to those living in England and £500k to those in Northern Ireland.

The new fund follows a £1m contribution to the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary and £500k to the Arts Council of Wales Urgent Response Fund for Individuals.

Meanwhile, we are in ongoing conversations with all our current partners to determine, on a case-by-case basis, how best to support their organisations and projects through this difficult period.

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