Please find below some funds available to help individuals during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Buttle UK's COVID-19 Response - Chances for Children 

Due to restrictions placed on the UK population because of COVID-19, the support will focus more on:

  • Maintaining educational activity and stimulus within the home environment
  • Establishing and or maintaining internet access and electronic communications
  • Household essentials

All applications must be made by a referrer on your behalf.

More information here

The Care Workers Charity

The Covid-19 Emergency Fund is open to those who are currently employed in the care sector (as stated above) who must take time off work due to Covid-19 for either illness or self-isolation.

The Crisis Grant Fund is open to those employed in the UK social care sector in a role that is involved in or supports the provision of adult, elderly or disability care. This includes those who work in residential social care, domiciliary/home care, supported living care, day care, and private care. It takes 1-3 weeks to assess an application. 

More information here

Mad Covid - Hardship Solidarity Fund

Who can apply for the fund? Anyone living in the UK who has a mental health condition / illness or who experiences emotional distress.

How much can I apply for? Small pots of money up to £200 based on people’s individual circumstances.

More information here

PBA Covid-19 Relief Fund

The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund is designed to help support the licensed beauty professionals who have not been able to work or are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

More information here

Film + TV Charity

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create a new industry-backed Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help support the creative community, which like many industries, has been devastated by the pandemic.

More information here

WFH (Working from Home) Residency  

The WFH Residency (standing for ‘working from home’) will pay artists who have had arts projects or other work cancelled, or have been made unemployed, as result of the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic lockdown. It will particularly support projects that take a co-operative or communal approach and connect people while social distancing.

The Award - Each month during the project run a selected artist will receive
- An award of £1000
- Support in promoting / disseminating any shareable content through
- Artquest and partner networks

Projects should aim to generate content that can be shared online and/or are physically viewable from wherever you are social distancing.

Any proposal that meets the project aims will be considered. You can propose activity that is unrelated to art or your practice, and projects unrelated to the covid-19 / coronavirus pandemic are particularly welcome.

Remaining deadlines:
3 June (artist selected by 10 June) by 10am
1 July (artist selected by 8 July) by 10am
Please note all projects must be complete within 4 weeks of selection.

Apply here

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund

The £1.5m Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is supported by the Freelands Foundation, as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Who can apply: Freelance creative practitioners based in England and Northern Ireland who work in the visual arts and are experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Grants available from £1,500 – £2,500

Applications will be accepted until 2pm 18th June 2020 and decisions will be made on a weekly basis. You can apply at any time. Applicants will be informed of decisions approximately two weeks after submitting their application.

More information here

Fashion and Textile Children's Trust - For Parents and Carers

Fashion and Textile Children Trust have grants to help parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry.Grants typically help families who are already struggling financially (in arrears on your household bills or have debt) OR have limited savings to cover lost earnings.

Parents and carers can apply for items their children will need for the year ahead. These might be items parents and carers were planning to buy, but now can't due to lost wages, including:

- Essential clothing, e.g. seasonal clothing and school uniform and PE kit to get you ahead for September
- Baby clothing, equipment or bedding
- Children's bedroom furniture, e.g. beds, bedding, clothes storage furniture (chest of drawers)
- Essential White Goods, e.g. replacing a broken appliance such as fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker/oven.
- Specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g.sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers

Depending on your situation, a number of grants programmes are also offered such as:
- Rehousing grants
- Kinship carers grants
- Therapy grants
- Specialist equipment grants
- Grants for when a parent is ill

Apply here

Gasworks - UK Artist Grant Writing Support

UK Artist Grant Writing Support is a network of artists, curators and producers working in contemporary art organisations, who are coming together to provide in-kind support to artists requiring help with emergency grant applications. This network has been established in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its increasingly serious economic impact on artists.

This is a callout for artists who feel that they need feedback on their application as part of the grant writing process. Together we will offer feedback on application drafts to those who feel that they need some extra support. We particularly welcome requests from those who are underrepresented within the arts and face multiple barriers, in particular BIPOC and LGBTQI+.

UK Artist Grant Writing Support will be providing support over the next eight weeks, and hope to help as many people as possible.

Please note that this is only an advisory service and no one in this consortium can guarantee an application to a funder or stakeholder will be successful. Submissions will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis until Sunday 31 May 2020. 

Apply here

Government funding 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Those eligible will receive government grant worth up to £7,500 will be able to receive the government grant by 25 May, or within six days of a completed claim.

Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits.

Make your claim here

This page was last updated on 26 May 2020