Covid19 – emergency funding for freelancers and small organisations

Covid19 - emergency funding for freelancers and small organisations

Funding available

This page will be updated as we become aware of further funding opportunities. Last updated on 11 May.


Arts Council England – grants for NPOs and CPPs who are in financial need. Open for applications from 12-19 May

Charities Aid Foundation – grants of up to £10,000 for charities whose income was under £1million in the last financial year (applications pause at 5pm on 6 April and will re-open soon)

Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland - supporting local charities whose work and income has been affected

Directors Charitable Fund - grants of around £500 for Directors in acute need

Equity Charitable Trust open to anyone who has previously worked on an Equity contract

Facebook Small Business Grants – now open for applications

Liverpool Coronavirus Support - a range of financial programmes to support local business through Covid19

London Community Response – Wave Two Funding now available to arts and culture organisations

Pay it Forward – set up by the Creative Industries Federation to help people crowdfund

The Royal Opera House Benevolent fund – for past and current employees of the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet, or of any other charity or organisation which gives public performances of opera, ballet or music

The Schroder Charity Trust - support for charities impacted by Covid19

The Steve Morgan Foundation - grants for charities in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales helping the most vulnerable

The Yapp Charitable Trust - small charities with an annual expenditure of less than £40,000 can apply for up to £3,000 core funding

Royal Variety Charity – supporting people in financial need who work in entertainment


Artists General Benevolent Institute – fund for fine artists


Film and TV:

all applications now closed


National Lottery Heritage Fund – grants of between £3,000 - £50,000


The Book Trade Charity - support for people who work/have worked in a bookshop

Royal Literary Fund - financial support for published authors

Society of Authors – grants of up to £2,000 for writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others


Musicians Union – grants of up to £200 for MU members

PRS – grants of up to £1000 for PRS members, open until 15 May

Youth Music - emergency grants for music organisations, deadlines every Friday until 15 May


BenSoc - support for professional photographers


Actors’ Benevolent Fund – grants for those who have contracted Covid19 and have applied for Universal Credit (or are already in receipt of benefits)

Actors’ Children’s Trust – ACT gives money to actor parents and their children, they have paid £200 to each family who has requested support for food and bills in April.

Funds for Freelancers – for actors, creatives and ushers working in theatre. If you’re in need of financial support then all you need to do is email: with a few sentences about your situation.

Make a Difference Trust – grants of up to £200, priority will be given to those who have helped raise money for the Trust in the past

Royal Theatrical Fund – for people who have worked in their profession (theatrical arts on stage, radio, films or television or any other medium by which such arts may be presented) for a minimum of seven years

Theatrical Guild – for those working in theatre who are not on the stage

Until the Curtains Rise – fundraising for grants which will be administered by Acting for Others

Northern Ireland:

Community Fund – children and young people’s projects, which connect people through creative mediums


Crisis Fund - if you are on a low income and have lost work or money due to Covid19

Emergency Arts Workers Support Fund - grants of up to £250, open for a second phase from 6 - 15 May

Third Sector Resilience Fund – grants and loans for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland.


Arts Council of Wales – Urgent Fund for Individuals (opens 14 April), Stabilisation Fund for Organisations (opens 21 April), Stabilisation Fund for Individuals (opens 29 May)

Covid19 – emergency funding for freelancers and small organisations
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