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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


Government guidance for DCMS sectors can be found here
Updated government guidance on volunteering can be found here.
Updated government guidance for charities can be found here.
Information on financial support packages for businesses can be found on our business support pages here

Click here to review the reopening plans for business and venues in England.

Funding opportunities currently open:

  • Arts Council
The Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. The fund is focusing on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. For all details please visit their website.
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The NLHF Project Grants have relaunched. Applications are now open for grants between £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£250,000. They  are looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion. Further details here.  Larger £250,000+ grants programme is also now open. Further details are here.

  • The Steel Charitable Trust

The Trust have a grant fund which is open to arts and heritage proejcts. Grants are available between £2,500 and £25,000. The next deadline for applications is 20th April 2021. You can find out more here.

  • The Art Fund

The Art Fund have a number of grant programmes currently open for applications. Their small projects grants programme will return in 20201. Please visit their website for details.


Advice and guidance available from:

  • EMBED Reopening Recommendation Guidance:

The 'EMBED Reopening Recommendation' guidance has been created to support organisations in their decision making as they reopen. It considers potential barriers faced by disabled visitors and customers and offers solution based guidance for organisations of all types with the ultimate aim of keeping stakeholders, staff, volunteers visitors, students or customers as safe as possible. 

  • Timed Ticketing Guidance

The Digital Culture Network and Arts Council England have put together a timed ticketing guide for venues. You can download this here.

AIM have a range of available resources on their website as well as links to other sector specific guidance and advice.

 The site contains updates for the Creative Industries Sector, and includes links to Webinar sessions with leading sector specialists.

Information includes what they are doing to support makers and craft businesses. This includes a craft business resource page.

  • Theatre Support

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


Rebuilding Heritage Support Programme:

The Rebuilding Heritage programme is providing free 121 and group support for organisations and individuals in the heritage sector. This support is open to organisations (including voluntary organisations) and to individuals, for example: sole traders/freelancers and those running a limited business. This fourth round will be the broadest offer of the programme and will include new group training on financial literacy, digital marketing and workplace inclusion, in addition to offers of support in business planning, communications, fundraising, legal issues, leadership and wellbeing.

Applications are open and the deadline is 11.00pm on Tuesday 30 March 2021.

Applicants in this round who are successful will receive their support throughout May and June 2021.

For further information and details please visit the website.

Digital Heritage Lab:

Digital Heritage Lab is offering FREE digital support. Digital Heritage Lab are running a series of FREE online workshops for small to medium sized heritage-based organisations. Upcoming workshops include:

29th March:
Getting Started with Customer Relationship Management Q&A: Click here for info and to book.
15th April:
Analytics: using data to plan content and engage audiences workshop: Click here for more info and to book.
For more information about the Digital Heritage Lab and to find out about more free online workshops please visit the website. 


Launchpad is a talent development program that offers opportunities and support for emerging artists, musicians, producers, bands, composers and music professionals in the Yorkshire region. Details on Launchpad projects, siupport and funding opportunties can be found on their website here. 

Rural Steps - Making it Happen

New Toolkit Available! The 'Making it Happen' toolkit aims to support dance artists in setting up and delivering youth dance. It provides a range of resources, planning ideas, templates, advice and real-life examples of Youth Dance provision.This resource has been produced as part of the Rural Steps project which took place in 2019 – 2020 in six areas across North Yorkshire. Please click here for more information and too access the toolkit.

Dance Delivery Support

Yorkshire Dance are supporting free vitual dance workshops. RE:FRESH is a regional youth dance platform led by Yorkshire Dance in partnership with organisations accross the region.

Sessions running from 24th - 27th March. There are workshops in lots of different styles from musical theatre, street dance, spotted workshops for young people wanting to train in dance and many more.

For further details and to book please visit their website.



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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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Phone: 01653 600666

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