For UK creative professionals: Arts Council’s financial support

Arts Council: Financial support for 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:

Visual Arts
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.

Round one opens for applications on 9 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 13 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 16 April.

Round two opens for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 27 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 30 April.

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.

More information is on Arts Council website via the direct link.