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COVID-19 support for culture organisations

With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from Government and sector support bodies can change quickly. Please find below links providing advice and guidance for Arts and Heritage organisations; this will be refreshed and updated as new information comes in:

 Download the most recent Arts, Culture and Heritage E-News here!

The government has announced that museums, galleries and heritage sites can reopen from 4th July. Guidance for the heritage sector has been published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in collaboration with Historic England and guidance for museums has been published by the National Museum Directors’ Council with DCMS support. You can download the full guidance here.

Emergency arts and culture funding streams still open:

  • NEW The New Culture Recovery Fund
Earlier this month the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced a £1.57 billion funding support package for cultural and heritage organisations from HM Treasury. Further guidelines have now been announced. The funds will be distributed by Arts Council England for arts and culture, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England for heritage and the British Film Institute for film and cinema. 
  • Culture Recovery Fund for arts and culture:
Applications can be made via The Arts Council for Culture Recovery Funds. There will be two consecutive rounds of applications: Round One, the portal will open for applications at 12pm (midday) on Monday 10 August and close at 12pm (midday) on Friday 21 August. Round two will open at 4pm on Friday 21 August and close on Friday 4 September at 12pm (midday). For all further details please visit the website.
  •  Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage:
 Applications are being administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage opens for applications on Thursday 30 July. The deadline is midday Monday 17 August. Decisions on awards will be made from late September. For all further details please visit the website. 
  •  Culture Recovery Fund for Independant Cinemas:
The British Film Institute (BFI) are administering the grant for independant cinemas. The fund will open on the 10th August and applications accepted until the 30th October. For further information please visit the BFI website. 
  • The Art Fund

The Art Fund UK has announced a new 'Respond and Reimagine' funding scheme to support cultural organisations develop ideas that help them adapt for the future.  Applications are welcome from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives. For all details please visit the website. There will be three rounds of funding and the next deadline is 17th August.. 

  • Youth Music

Youth Music have launched a emergency fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by coronavirus. Full details are here. There are a number of funds available with deadlines throughout 2020. They are also provide funding guidance and advice for individual music freelancers here.

  • Theatres Trust

 The Theatres Trust have launched a small grants scheme to support re-opening - details are here.


  • NEW! The Arts Council

The Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants have now been relaunched and applications are open until April 2021. This is not an emergency COVID fund but applications are welcome from smaller organisations and individuals that can deliver projects that will support their recovery. Full details are here.

Advice and guidence also available from:

AIM are lobbying the government to ensure that the UK's independent museums sector at this time will be supported. This site includes a breakdown of the programme of financial support available to the independent museum sector, as well as updates on advocacy news and an online advice surgery.  

 The site contains updates for the Creative Industries Sector, and includes links to Webinair sessions with leading sector specialists. The Federation is also offering free membership until September 2020 for freelancers and microbusinesses.

Information includes what they are doing to support makers and craft businesses.

  • Theatre Support

Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre have launched a new website with details of theatre charities offering grants and support.

Digital Heritage Lab:

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Digital Heritage Lab is offering FREE digital support. The website here, includes a number of free downloadable resources.


Prosper North Business Support Programme

Prosper North is a free business support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.The programme aims to improve the capabilities of around 80 cultural heritage organisations in the North of England – from music venues to community art groups, and independent museums to literature festivals.

Successful applicants will recieve tailored 1:1 business support, workshops, webinars and meetups designed to enable cultural heritage organisations to increase income and impact, become more resilient businesses and explore social investment. In these challenging times of social distancing due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the programme will also help with planning for the rebuilding of businesses post-lock down.

You can apply here. Deadline 3rd August. 


For further advice for businesses please visit: coronavirus business support

For further advice for the tourism sector please visit: coronavirus tourism support


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