Funding and Grants
Us the Local Grant Finder to see if you might be eligible for new discretionary local business grants, part of the government's COVID-19 business support package.
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) provides finance to mid-sized and larger UK businesses with a group turnover of more than £45m (the upper limit for the existing smaller-business focused CBILS) that are suffering disruption to their cashflow due to lost or deferred revenues during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances.
Those eligible under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), which has so far seen 2.3 million claims worth £6.8 billion will be able to claim a second and final grant in August. From 1 July 2020, businesses will be given the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time.
Organisations that are non-profitable and run predominantly by, for and with women can now apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to meet short-term funding needs for a period of up to six months.
Season for Change has launch Common Ground, a programme of four £10,000 commissions for artists, makers or creators, and a professional development programme focused on cultural climate leadership.
Open to artists to undertake a period of remote research with the John Latham Archive and to develop a digital project for a new experimental online platform for FTHo.
Two selected artists will each be offered a fee of £1000. Artists should be able to undertake research in August and September with the aim of a digital outcome able to launch online in October or November.
The Freelands Foundation is committed to supporting artists, organisations, audiences and staff during the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, the Foundation is pleased to announce that it has now committed a total of £3m in emergency funds to support artists and freelance creative practitioners that are in urgent need of financial support due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the four nations of the UK.
Grants of up to £10,000 for six-month projects beginning no later than mid-October 2020 are available to support creative and engaging projects, that can be delivered under social restrictions, for people from Armed Forces communities who are isolated as a result of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
The Black Artists Grant is £500 given out monthly to a black artist in the UK. The BAG is no-strings attached financial support to help the selected artist in whatever they want – be that make new work, buy equipment or materials, travel, research, visit exhibitions or conferences, or to even just cover some life expenses. This is specifically for Black artists; not politically black, not POC or BAME.
Raising funds for your business/through Crowd Funding
Crowdfunder has partnered with the Creative Industries Federation to provide a way to rally the support of your friends, clients and customers at this challenging time.
Other businesses have used crowd funding platforms to engage with and find support in their communities. Here’s just a few examples of successful campaigns to support businesses suffering due to Covid 19:
- Not-for-profit Hay Festival managed to raise 93k to support the future of their business.
- The Fleabag Support Fund raised 64k for freelancers working in theatre.
- Wales Artist and Freelancers Coronavirus Fund manage to raise 6k to provide an emergency hardship fund to support creative industries.