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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!


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
  • Helmsley Arts Centre

Helmsley Arts Centre has launched a small grant scheme. They are inviting artists and practitioners to come forward with their own projects or performances which will promote connection and creativity and can be shared with or involve our audience and community — both digitally and, where possible, at the Arts Centre for socially distanced audiences or groups. For all details and an application form please visit their website. Deadline 30th November. 

  • Peter Sowerby Foundation

Arts charities eligible for new £1.4m Increasing Access Fund from Peter Sowerby Foundation - deadline 16th November. Visit the website for further details.

  • The Art Fund

The Art Fund have a number of grant programmes currently open for applications including 'Professional Network Grants' and 'Small Projects Grants'.

Please visit their website for details.

  • Youth Music

Youth Music have a number of funding programmes still open for applications. For details and to apply please visit their website.

  • Theatres Trust

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

  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The NLHF will be reopening their project grant scheme at the end of the month for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000. Grants of over £100,000 will resume next year. The scheme is not open yet but will be shortly, you can find an update here. They will be looking for projects with a particular emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.


Advice and guidance available from:

  •  New Restrictions November 5th:
Guidance on the new government restrictions 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-bsed organisations - 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.




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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