6th May 2020

Creative Workspace Resilience Fund - Alternative Support

As part of the £2.3 million emergency fund launched by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to support cultural and creative industries we are administering £1.5m through The Creative Workspace Resilience Fund.

This portion of the grant is focused on supporting studio providers and creative workspace providers, in order to maintain affordable workspace for artists and makers. If you are working in LGBTQ+, music venues, independent cinemas, or other creative industries please follow these pages for support better suited to you.

In order to ensure our grant fund helps as many as possible we ask you to ensure you have exhausted all alternative forms of support available. Here we have put together a list of alternative funding and guidance that might also support you.

Join the Docks

The Royal Dock's annual celebration of culture and creativity, is now open for submissions. From September till December 2020, they will be funding innovative projects taking place online and in person in the Royal Docks in ways that adhere to the current Government Covid-19 social distancing guidance. They are inviting applications for projects for the Autumn Programme including research and development commissions.

Government's Support for Business

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses by the government, these include; Bounce Back Loans, 12 month business rates holidays, The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and more.

Council Grants

Here you will find a complete list of English local authorities with links to their register pages for small business coronavirus grants.

The Fore

RAFT Fund offers unrestricted grants to any small charity or social enterprise in the UK.

Pay It Forward London

In April the Mayor launched the Pay It Forward London – a crowdfunding platform that will offer small businesses across the city the chance to pre-sell their services during the coronavirus shut down.

a-n Artist Bursaries: Time Space Money

Time Space Money is an emergency response fund to support artists and arts organisers to enable them to continue their professional practice at this critical time.

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

The Foundation has partnered with a-n The Artists Information Company emergency funds to support artists and freelance creative practitioners in urgent need of financial support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic across the four nations of the UK.

London Community Response Fund

London’s funders are working together to provide coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of communities affected by the covid-19 pandemic. This collaboration will offer one single application point for charities and community groups to access funding from multiple funders in a fast and efficient way.

National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund has developed funding for organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19.

In addition to funding many other organisations are offering extensive business support to the creative sector:


An initiative of Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Studio Makers are offering support for affordable artist studio providers impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. They have developed a rent negotiation guidance toolkit in collaboration with the GLA and law firm Dechert LLP. Fact Sheets offer legal guidance, a Letter Template gives a consistent approach to contract renegotiation, and help to access one-on-one specialist legal support is available through the Studiomakers website.

Support from London Growth Hub

Here you will find a thorough list of the essential resources to help your business manage and mitigate its exposure to the impact of coronavirus.

Support for Artists and Freelancers

This extensive page offers you tools and information to support your community of freelance creatives and artists during the current pandemic.

Creative Industries Federation

Advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout.

Pioneers Post

A more extensive list of grants and support available to businesses worldwide.

If you are looking for additional support with your Creative Workspace Resilience Fund application, or would like to discuss whether your business is suitable to apply please contact a member of our team cultureatrisk@creativelandtrust.org.