Emergency Funding Information

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)

Limited Companies:

UK Government job retention scheme

Prince’s Trust and Natwest Young Entrepreneur Relief Fund

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

The Creative Growth Finance Debt Fund (Creative Industries Federation / Creative England)

Future Fund

Start Up Loan for your business

Self-employed or Partnerships:

UK government self-employment income support scheme

Ineligible for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme:

Apply for a ‘business interruption loan’

Deferring income tax payments

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:

Yapp Charitable Trust

Charities aid foundation

Resilience & Recovery Loans – for social enterprises and charities.

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

Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Artists Relief Tree  (waiting list for funding)

Outdoor Arts Sector Support Fund:

Outdoor Arts Support

Culture in Quarantine – The Space


Help Musicians Financial Hardship Fund

Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund

AIM crisis fund

Creative technology / Digital:

Mozilla COVID 19 Solutions Fund

Tech support for self isolating from UK Government

5G Create (DCMS)

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19


Film and TV Charity ( read through until the end)


Fleabag ( The TV Show) Support fund

Support for Theatre Professionals


Heritage Emergency Fund


Author’s Emergency Fund

Other useful resources:

#CovidCreatives Toolkit

COVID-19 Makers UK 
A community of makers, engineers and doctors working together to build medical equipment for the NHS.

3DCrowd UK
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.