UK Funding update



Cultural Recovery Fund Grants

The second round is now open for applications, the deadline is on Tuesday 26th January 2021 at midday.

Webinars are being held on January 14th and 18th for those who want more information before applying. Tickets can be booked here.

A number of aspects of this funding programme differ substantially from round 1 of the CRF. The grant range is between £25,000 and £3,000,000 and there may be a limit on how much you can apply to this programme.

This funding is for the period 1st April 2021 – 30th June 2021, and the investment is intended to help successful applicants operate on a viable and sustainable basis by 30 June 2021.

The guidance states: ‘We recognise that some cultural organisations (for example, festivals) may not plan to operate fully until after 1 July 2021. They are still eligible to apply to the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme, and should demonstrate in their application how they will transition towards full operation during the April – June 2021 period.’

Criteria summary

The full eligibility information and guidance can be found here.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

  • This is a grant for businesses that have been required to close for at least 3 weeks under local restrictions.  Further information on eligibility is here.

Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants

  • Open until April 2021 and up to £100k can be awarded. 
  • It can support arts projects that directly create and deliver creative and cultural activity and content for audiences, visitors and digital users, and also those that have a longer term impact on strengthening the sector, such as organisational development, research and development and sector support. 
  • More information can be found here.

Arts Council England Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Live Music

  • Open until 31st March 2021 and grants can be awarded between £1k – £40k.
  • This funding is available to those whose main function is to host and/or promote live music events in venues. Usually, this will be venues and promoters (or groups of venues and/or promoters), in particular those who work in the grassroots sector.
  • More information can be found here.


Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund

  • The next phase of the Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund will provide £4 million to live music venues that were financially sustainable before coronavirus (COVID-19) to prevent permanent closure and stabilise until the end of June 2021.
  • Applications can be made for between £10k and £70k.
  • This fund opened for applications on 27th January, and the deadline to apply is midday on 3rd February.

Events Industry Support Fund 2

  • This fund is for new applicants who were ineligible to apply to the Events Industry Support Fund.
  • Details on the applications process including criteria and guidance will be announced the week of 8th February, with applications set to open the week commencing 15th February. Visit this page for more information.

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

  • To support creative freelancers working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applications re-open on 5th January 2021 and close on 1st Feb, and grants will be between £500-£2000. More information is here.

Open Fund – Sustaining Creative Development

  • For organisations and groups based in Scotland whose work or project involves the arts, screen and creative industries. All applicants must have a UK bank account. Grants can be awarded for between £1k – £100k.
  • More information is here.

Further information on Business Restriction Grants are due to be announced, visit this website to find out more.

The Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund – closed for applications.


The third phase of the Cultural Recovery Fund and Freelancer Fund are now closed for applications. 

The Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Phase 3 Business Grant is currently suspended while applications are processed. Visit this website for updates.

ERF Sector Specific Grant 

  • Applications open the week of 11th January 2021.
  • The ERF Sector Specific Support (operating cost) package is targeted at Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure (HTL) businesses or supply chain companies who are materially impacted with a greater than 60% impact of turnover as a result of the restrictions.
  • Further information is here.

ERF Restrictions Business Fund

  • Targetted to those businesses in the hospitality, tourism and leisure related supply chain sectors, registration will open in January 2021. More information is here.

Connect and Flourish Fund  

  • For grants between £500 – £150k, this fund is for the development of collaborative proposals between organisations, individuals and creative professionals working together. 
  • They are looking for exciting, ambitious projects that are artist led, audience or participant focused, and that engage and connect to the public. Further information is here.
  • Applications open on 27th January 2021 and close on 17th February 2021.

More information on Business Grants available can be found here.

Information on Lockdown Grants which are administered by Local Authorities can be found here.

Northern Ireland

Localised Restrictions Support Scheme

  • Provides financial support to businesses which have been required to close or have had business activities at their premises directly curtailed by health protection restrictions that have been put in place by the NI Executive. Further information can be found here.

Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 2 – closed for applications on 7th January.

The Arts Organisations Emergency Programme – closed for applications.

Stability & Renewal Programme for Organisations – closed for applications.

Further information on support available to business and individuals can be found here.

Across the UK

Lockdown Grants

  • The Chancellor announced on 5th January one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. More information is here.

Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Hardship Funding Round 3

  • Now open for applications, more information can be found here.
  • Is targeted at individuals who are not eligible for Universal Credit but are experiencing severe financial hardship and are unable to make ends meet as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Stagehand Crew Relief Fund 

  • Round 3 opening in late January. Further information can be found here.

Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund

  • Open to MU members, grants are up to £200 maximum. More information can be found here.

PRS Foundation Open Fund for Organisations

  • Supports new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, festivals, curators and large performance groups, and offers grants up to £10k. 
  • Deadline to apply is 12th February 2021. Further deadlines in June and October, with all decisions delivered within 10 weeks of deadlines. More information can be found here.

PRS Foundation Open Fund for Music Creators & Women Make Music

  • The Music Creators Fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others, and offers grants up to £5k. More information can be found here.
  • The Women Make Music Fund supports the development of outstanding women, trans and non binary songwriters,composers, artists, bands and performers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career who are writing their own music. More information is here.
  • Deadline to apply is 12th February. Further deadlines in June and October, with all decisions delivered within 10 weeks of deadlines.
  • Other PRS Foundation funding available to music creators across the UK includes the PPL Momentum Music Fund, Hitmaker and Keychange. Organisations will be able to apply to other schemes soon including Beyond Borders and Resonate. The Foundation also launches a new long-term programme in January to power up Black creative and executive talent. Further information can be found here.

Other Funds

PRS Emergency Relief Fund – closed for applications. More information can be found here.

AIM Covid-19 Support Fund – closed for applications. More information can be found here.

MMF’s ReBuild Fund – round 3 closed for applications. More information can be found here.

Please get in touch with us if you have an update to this list, or anything to add.