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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!


Emergency arts and culture funding streams still open:

  • The New Culture Recovery Fund
Last chance to apply for the government's Culture Recovery Fund:
  • Culture Recovery Fund for arts and culture:
Applications can be made via The Arts Council for Culture Recovery Funds. Round One has closed and, Round Two opened on Friday 21 August and will close on Friday 4 September at 12pm (midday). 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 20th October.

  • 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.


  • 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.

Ryedale District Council recognises that our arts and culture sector has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges faced by lockdown and the ongoing social distancing regulations. Providing cultural activities will be challenging for the foreseeable future and yet arts and cultural engagement is essential for our health and wellbeing.

We want to support the sector and our communities with the small Art Grant Scheme.

Please click here to find out what the aims of the grant scheme are, who is eligible and how the fund works.

The application window has now closed. Thank you to all those who have submitted an application.

You should hear from us in October.



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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Malton, North Yorkshire
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