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Get information and support to apply for emergency funds in this time of crisis.

Both rounds of applications for Arts Council England’s emergency funds for individuals and organisations have now closed. However there are other emergency funds available. ACE are contributing to a number of benevolent funds for artists and have compiled a list of other emergency funding available.

Some fantastic artist led funding appeals have also been created including:

We’re genuinely here to help! If you need someone to chat to about which funds might be best for you or to read over applications then please do get in touch.


ACE emergency response funds for individuals and organisations are now closed. Information on their future funding support will be released soon.

Arts Council England have released information about their emergency response fund. We have compiled some of the information about the funding for individuals below but we would definitely recommend reading the full guidance before applying.

If you have any questions about the guidance, need support to write your application or need assistance with using grantium then do get in touch.

We can answer questions over email or offer 1 to 1 advice sessions over the phone or zoom/skype. We are here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us!!


Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund: For individuals 

Who can apply?

The funding will directly support freelance creative practitioners who have a track record of working in the publicly funded culture sector in England and whose main work is focused on particular artforms and disciplines:

• Combined arts 

• Dance 

• Libraries (activity that helps deliver the Universal Library Offers) 

• Literature 

• Museums 

• Music

• Theatre 

• Visual arts

Each practitioner can apply for funding of up to £2,500.

If you have additional costs relating to a disability, you can apply for up to £3,000 in total.

What can they support?

If the Covid-19 emergency has affected your work and has resulted in a loss of income, additional costs and financial challenge, they can support:

•       Activity and/or equipment that will help you to sustain your practice and support you in continuing with your work

•       Time to stabilise, think and plan for the future

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 you are not offered a grant in the first round.

The budget will be split equally across both rounds.

 Round oneRound two
Portal opens for applications Thursday 9 April 2020Thursday 16 April 2020
Portal closes for applications Thursday 16 April 2020 (12pm midday)Thursday 30 April 2020 (12pm midday)

ACE aim to start notifying applicants of the outcome of their applications to Round one by the end of April.

If you don’t already have a Grantium* profile, register by Monday 13 April 2020 for the first round, or your profile may not be validated in time. Check out the ACE guidance on setting up a profile to help you.

We would recommend setting up a Granitum profile ASAP!

*Arts Council England’s online application portal

How do I apply?

You will need to apply via Grantium & provide certain information:

1.    To identify the work you have had cancelled or curtailed due to the Covid-19 emergency and the income you have lost or costs you have incurred, up to the value of £2,500 (you may need to provide evidence of this at a later date).

2.    To tell them about your practice and your track record working in the publicly funded culture sector. This means that you have experience of making and delivering work directly or indirectly supported by funds from arm’s length bodies (such as the Arts Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, or the National Lottery Community Fund), local authorities, universities, other public sector bodies or trusts and foundations.

3.    To tell them how you will use the time this funding affords you to stabilise, think and plan for the future.

You don’t need to have any income from other sources (or ‘match funding’) to apply to this programme.

Download the application questions (word document).

There is information on access, easy read guidance and BSL guidance videos available.

How will ACE make their decisions?

“We will use our expertise and judgment to make decisions based on the answers to the questions we ask in the application form and information from your applicant profile. We know we will receive a high number of deserving applications and, unfortunately, we won’t be able to give funding to everyone who applies. 

We will think about the range and balance of different applications we’re supporting. We want to support a diverse range of applicants that work in a broad range of artforms and disciplines and geographical areas. We need to think about our investment in areas of least engagement with arts and culture.

We will prioritise applications that demonstrate how funding could help to sustain the applicant’s practice and allow them to continue working in the future.

We will also consider whether applicants identify as a D/deaf or disabled person, have a long-term health condition or are from an under-represented protected characteristic group (based on the information collected on protected characteristics in their applicant profile on Grantium), to make sure our funding goes to those who may be most vulnerable at the moment and that we support artists and creative practitioners who are representative of this country and who can best continue to contribute to our Creative Case for Diversity

We may also consider whether you have any other open grants from Arts Council England that have not been used in full, and whether those already-awarded funds could be or have been repurposed.”

ACE have also released information about their funds for organisations outside of their National Portfolio. There will also be two rounds with the same deadline dates as those for individual applications. Organisations can apply for up to £35k.

If you have any questions or need any support in applying please don’t hesitate to get in touch!