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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!

A new round of the Culture Recovery Fund has been announced. 
Arts Council England will be launching their second round on January 6th (deadline 26th Jan). This includes the Culture Recovery Fund Grant Scheme and the Repayable Finance scheme. For eligibility information and further details please visit their website.
They will also be running a series of FREE Webinars in January which will provide guidance and support for those who are interested in applying: details are here. 
The National Lottery Heritage Fund are launching their Culture Recovery Fund Second Round on January 7th (deadline 26th Jan).This will also include a grants scheme and a repayable finance scheme. For further details please visit their website. There are still tickets available to one of their FREE webinars to advise potential applicants on the application process. You can sign up here. 
The British Film Institute will also be issuing a second reound of Culture Recovery funding to open in the new year. Details will be announced shortly but further information is available here. 

Funding opportunities currently open:

  • Arts Council
The Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Until April 2021, the fund will focus 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-£100,000. They  are looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion. Further details here.  Larger £100,000+ grants programme to reopen in February 2021.

  • The John Ellerman Foundation: 

The Foundation's Museums and Galleries Fund has opened. The grants are to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader and more diverse public. For full details, eligibility guidance and to apply please visit the website. Deadline January 8th.

  • 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.

  • Theatres Trust

 The Theatres Trust have launched a small grants scheme to support re-opening - last chance to apply - deadline is December 30th details are here.


Advice and guidance available from:

  •  Guidance on Covid Tier System
Guidance on the new government tier systems can be found here. The coronvirus job retention scheme is being extended, for more information please visit the goverment website. 
Details on the New Style Employment and Support Allowance can be found here. Information on the new financial support packages and eligibility criteria for business can be found on our business support pages here
  • 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.

  • Visitor Economy Government Guidance

The government has issued guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.

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.

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. Digital Heritage Lab are running a series of FREE online workshops for small to medium sized heritage-based organisations - Topics coming up in January 2021 include: 'Website Useability and Writing for the Web' and 'Telling your story effectively — the Case for Support' see here for further details and to book.

Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-22: 

Fellowship applications are now open for the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme, which will support 50 salaried jobs in arts and cultural organisations across the UK, for individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds. The programme is dedicated to supporting early-career artists, curators, producers and creatives to thrive and develop.The first job opportunities are now open for applications, with the rest to be added between now and March 2021.


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.  Lanchpad are supporting the Yorkshire Music Forum Convention. Details of FREE online events can be found 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

The Yorkshire Schools Dance Network will be running termly online Dance Delivery Support Group meetings in 2021. Designed for teachers in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges as well as practitioners offering dance activities for children and young people in wider community settings, the group aims to support delivery and further promote a strong regional network. Please follow this link to visit the Online Delivery Suport Group Page and sign up. 

 Lets Get Real - Culture 24

Culture 24's Let’s Get Real project is a collaborative action research programme. It will bring together 60 organisations to explore the challenges of evaluating online success in the current climate. The project will be delivered online, and will support participants to understand the issues more deeply and experiment with solutions, as well as well as finding ways to effect and embed positive organisational change.
The project runs from 22 February to w/c 13 September 2021, and is for any cultural organisation - museum, gallery, heritage, performance or arts organisation - needing to better understand the impact of your digital activity and change the way you work to build on that new understanding. Please click here to find out more and to register interest. 
We will be inviting proposals for our Creative Economy Commissions in January. There will be four £4,500 grants available. 
A proposal form will be available here in the New Year so keep checking back for details. All outcomes and activity must be based in Ryedale and priority will be given to organisations who are also based in Ryedale. 


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