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Funding and Support for Artists and Creatives

Support for Artists and Creatives

The team at Turner Contemporary have compiled this list of resources, funding and support for Artists and Creatives during Covid-19. We will update this page regularly and hope it is a useful resource for our Creative Community. 

Covid19 Resources and Lists

UK Government support for those affected by Coronavirus

Arts Council England’s support during Covid19 including guidance, advice and emergency funding measures

Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers from a-n

Charity Excellence’s list of useful resources for organisations and individuals with less experience of fundraising

Grants Online – Guide to Coronavirus Fundraising

Funding Directory for Visual Artists and Composers

A Broad Ranging List of Funders from across the UK, plus a series of toolkits

A Broad Ranging List of Funders from across the UK

Tips and advice on how to fundraise

#artistsupportpledge, a movement to support artists


Dedicated Covid-19 Funding for the Arts and Culture Sector

Support for organisations and individuals from Arts Council England

Covid-19 Advice and Support from South East Creatives

National Lottery has announced that all funding decisions in next 6 months will focus on responding to COVID-19 

Coronavirus Emergency Fund for charities/CICs with turnover below £200,000 

Support for authors/writers shared by the Society of Authors

Support for film and TV industry shared by the BFI

Support for musicians shared by Help Musicians

Support for members of the theatrical profession affected by COVID-19 

Support for theatres and theatre workers affected by COVID-19 

Support for PRS members 

Support for theatres and theatre workers affected by COVID-19  

Hardship fund for Axis Web members 


Covid19 Funding for Charitable Organisations

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund – grants of up to £10k available for charities with income of £1m or less in the last Financial Year 

City Bridge Trust London Covid-19 Emergency Fund – details to be announced shortly 

National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Fund – details to be announced shortly 


Covid19 Funding for Individuals 

Financial support for freelance artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen 

Bursaries of £500 – £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19 

The WFH Residency is a £1000 award to support artists during the Covid-19 pandemic 

The Eaton Fund – Support for artists from a small charity currently taking stock in light of Covid-19

Support for fine artists to create new works from Elephant Trust

UK Artist Grant Writing Support from Gasworks

Jerwood New Works fund currently on hold – keep an eye on their website for updates 

The new national creative arts competition for over 70’s stuck at home because of Coronavirus 

Support for young people aged 14-30 from the Princes Trust

Emergency fund for young women in crisis


Opportunities for Artists

The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is part of a total of £3m of funding committed by the Freelands Foundation to support artists and creative practitioners across the UK during the pandemic.

Artquest – high-quality, artist-selected opportunities, updated weekly

Artshub – calls for artists

Artrabbit Artist Opportunities

Artlicks Opportunities

Crate – Open Call Digital Residency


Covid 19 Funding for Businesses

Cash grants for Thanet based businesses

List of Top Grantmaking Charities and Bodies in the UK who support Arts and Culture

Arts Council England 

Garfield Weston Foundation 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation 

The National Lottery Community Fund 

For queries or suggestions about how we might remain connected, please contact There are currently significantly less of us working than usual so do bear with us if our response time is slower than you might expect.