Emergency funding information for freelancers and micro-companies in the creative and cultural sector in England.
Here at SWCTN we aim to keep our network informed and supported through the current upheaval that many of our members have found themselves in. As we enter, for many, another month of possible lockdown, it is a challenge to navigate the bombardment of information for freelancers and small businesses.
To help businesses and individuals we have waded through the noise, creating a simple list of schemes aimed at helping creative and cultural workers in the short term, breaking them down by category. The list below has been carefully selected based on three criteria:
They provide funds,
Memberships are not required,
Aimed at primarily freelancers and micro-companies (0 – 10 employees)
Self-employed or Partnerships:
Ineligible for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme:
Government Cash Grants for Small Businesses
Any business currently in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate relief may be eligible for a £10,000 cash grant. Any retail, hospitality or leisure business with a rateable value above £15,000 and below £51,000 may be eligible for a £25,000 cash grant.
You may be able to access universal credit in full
For more information see moneysavingexpert.com
Charities and social enterprises:
Artists and Arts Organisers:
Creative England – Creative Growth Finance Loans of between £100K – £500K for creative industries.
Creative England – New Ideas Fund Grants of £1K to £25K
Aimed at screen based storytelling entrepreneurs & businesses (tv, film, animation, games & immersive tech). Individuals & companies can apply.
Support for artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen
Artists Relief Tree (waiting list for funding)
Outdoor Arts Sector Support Fund:
Creative technology / Digital:
Other useful resources:
COVID-19 Makers UK
A community of makers, engineers and doctors working together to build medical equipment for the NHS.
Calling on people with 3D printers to manufacture face shields for the NHS
COVID-19 Open Research Dataset – free resource of more than 7,000 scholarly article about the novel coronavirus for use by the global research community.