Covid-19: List of grants and funds for freelancers

Art-form specific grants and funds now open to applications. This list will be updated as new sources of funding are announced. 

  • a-n fund : This fund supports those involved in exhibition installation, for example art handlers, technicians, conservators. 
    12 noon, Thursday 7th May 2020

  • Freelands Foundation Emergency FundFor freelance creative practitioners based in England and Northern Ireland who work in the visual arts and are experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Those on multiple short-term PAYE contracts may also apply. We encourage applications from artists and arts professionals working in all visual arts disciplines.
    Open, rolling until 18 June 2020

  • Dance Professionals fundThis fund provides financial support for professional dancers. Support is given to freelance dancers across genres including contemporary, ballet, hip hop, Black and Asian dance, including those with portfolio careers, eg choreography, as long as their primary role has been performing.
    Open, rolling- awarded fortnightly

  • Equity Charitable Trust: Criteria include professional actors, circus, aerialists, puppeteers or variety performers, and stage managers. Please note that an applicant’s line of work must make them eligible for an Equity card, although they are not required to have one in order to apply. It excludes musicians, drama students, backstage staff and amateur performers.
    Open, rolling

  • Help Musicians UKProfessional music performers, composers, creators and those working in other roles requiring a high level of technical skill (teachers, producers, engineers, etc) across all music sectors including, but not limited to, classical, folk, jazz, world, and all contemporary music genres (pop, hip hop, grime, Americana, heavy metal etc).

  • The Theatrical GuildThis fund supports: any kind of stage technician or engineer; company and stage managers; stagehands; anyone involved in costume, hair or makeup; designers and makers of sets, props and puppets; and ushers or box office staff.
    Open, rolling

  • Society of AuthorsThose eligible for this funding include storytellers, scriptwriters, literary journalists, producers, poets, translators and book illustrators.
    Open, rolling

  • Musicians Union: Coronavirus Hardship Fund
    Open, rolling

  • Royal Theatrical FundProvides financial and emotional support to all those who have worked professionally in the Entertainment Industry for at least seven years.
    Open, rolling

  • London Artist and Creatives Coronvirus fund organised by Denzel Kessie and Josh Akapo
    Currently closed, will reopen once enough donations have been received 

  • Artquest WFH Residency: a £1000 award to support artists during the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic
    Open, deadline 1 July 2020
16/04/2020 - 16/04/2021
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