Coronavirus / COVID-19 : financial support for Creative Industries

We have started compiling a list of sources of funding and support for the arts, culture and creative sectors affected by the ongoing coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic.

Each source is hotlinked to take you direct to the relavant web-page about the funding & support available. Where possible we have added an indication of the maximum grant available.

We will be regularly updating this as more support becomes available, especially for Europe and other parts of the world – but if you are aware of any we have missed please send details to and we’ll add it to this list.

UPDATED 5 May 2020

In the meantime please stay home, and stay safe.


Actors Benevolent Fund

Association of Independent Music (AIM) Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors (grants of up to £1k)

Amahra Spence: West Midlands Artists Coronavirus Emergency Fund (max. £200 grant at the moment)

Architects Benevolent Society

Arts Council England: financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers (£160m total fund, max. grant £2,500) FUND CLOSED

Bryony Kimmings: Gig Aid (grants £200-£500)

Dance Professionals Fund Help Musicians UK: Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund (one-off grant of up to £2,000)

Equity Charitable Trust (support for welfare costs only)

Film & TV Charity Fund

Funds For Freelancers (in Theatre)

Help Musicians: Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund (max £500 one-off grant)

Luke Barnes: Liverpool Artists Coronavirus Fund (£200 one-off grants) FUND CLOSED

Mayor of London ‘Culture At Risk Business Support Scheme (delivered via Music Venue Trust, Creative Land Trust, LGBTQ+ Venues Forum and the BFI)

Middle Child: Hull Artists Coronavirus Fund (max. £200 grants at the moment) FUND CLOSED

Max Fagandini: Artists/Musicians Coronavirus Relief Fund (max. £200 grants at the moment) FUND CLOSED

Musicians Union Hardship Fund (max. £200 one-off grants)

Patreon: ‘What The Fund

PRS for Music (UK): Emergency Relief Fund (up to £1,000 grant)

Royal Literary Fund (for published authors)

Royal Society for Musicians

The Royal Variety Charity – Covid-19 Assistance (for those who have or have had Covid-19)

The Society of Authors: Authors’ Emergency Fund (up to £2,000 grant)

Theatrical Guild (non-acting theatre professionals)


Creative Scotland & Screen Scotland: Bridging Bursary Funds (total funds of £4m, with grants between £500-£2,500) CREATIVE SCOTLAND FUND CLOSED; SCREEN SCOTLAND STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

SCVO Third Sector Resilience Fund (grants up to £100,000)

Creative Scotland has also created an excellent directory of support at

Northern Ireland-only

Abbie Spallen: Northern Ireland Artists Fund (grants of up to £200)

Arts Council Northern Ireland Artists Emergency Programme (grants of up to £5k)

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund (visual arts only) (grants of £1,500-£2,500)


Arts Council Wales Urgent Response Fund for Individuals (grants of up to £2,500)

Wales Artist and Freelancers Coronavirus Fund (grants of up to £300)


Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund (visual arts only) (grants of £1,500-£2,500)

Europe / EU

Citizens For Europe Online Mobility Grants (EU) (one-off mobility grants of 500€, small project grants of 3,000-10,000€)

North America

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund (one-off grants of US$200)

ConvertKit: The Creator Fund (one-off grants up to US$500)

Crew Nation (one-off grant of US$1,000)

Film Independent Emergency Filmmaker Support Fund (grants from US$500 to US$5,000)

Format: Photographer Fund (one-off grants up to US$500)

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: COVID-19 RELIEF FUND (one-off grants from US$500 to US$2,500)

Ijeoma Oluo: Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 (one-off grants between US$100 and US$1,000)

Jazz Foundation of America Covid-19 Musicians Emergency Fund

MusiCares/ Grammy / Recording Academy: MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund FUND CLOSED

Patreon: ‘What The Fund

The Unison Musicians / Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief (Canada)