Freelancer Grant - Round 2 - NOW CLOSED 

This is a grant to provide financial assistance for freelancers in the cultural sectors and is opening to new applications and also for those continuing to face financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers who continue to face financial challenges in the period from April 2021 - September 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Funding for freelancers will open at 12.00pm on 17th May and close at 5.00pm on Tuesday, 1st June. 

 

Support is available to assist freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, who work in the five key sub sectors: 

  • The Arts

  • Creative Industries 

  • Arts and Heritage

  • Events

  • Culture and Heritage

The priority for this round is helping those who remain affected by the COVID–19 outbreak (writers/musicians/those working in events, theatre, etc).  Freelancers from the wedding industries including photographers, music providers, etc and freelancers from the events industries are eligible to apply. 

 

To find out more please visit the eligibility checker: 

Eligibility Checker 

 

You will also be eligible if you’re employed part-time and have a freelance professional creative practice, however, please note this grant is targeted at freelancers in most need of support due to loss of earnings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Income will be taken into account as part of the assessment. 


If you have received previous support from either the Government Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme and are experiencing financial challenges you are still eligible for this fund, however, those that have received SEISS in previous rounds will be given a lower priority against those of similar income that have not received SEISS.

 

You will not be eligible: 

  • If you are a freelancer working in the sport sector.

  • Freelancers who work in film & TV, video games, software and other digital entertainment industries are not the intended recipients of this support as these markets are now operating at normal or near normal levels. However we understand that some specific roles including those in film & TV may still be affected (e.g. writers/musicians). Where this impact can be shown to be a result of COVID-19 restrictions, we will accept applications.

This funding is specifically for creative/cultural subsectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of COVID-19 restrictions. Those in roles that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity (e.g. architects, graphic designers, games designers etc.) with or without support should NOT apply.

 

IMPORTANT  

 

  • Decisions on applications will be made based on the information provided in the application form, associated evidence and information checks that are conducted from other sources. If any data is incomplete or incorrect or the evidence provided is insufficient we will contact you, but if queries are not satisfied within the timescale specified by the Local Authority, the application will be rejected.

  • We strongly advise you read the guidance notes and frequently asked questions before completing the application form.

  • The total amount of Covid-19 support grants you have received in April 2020 - March 2021 must not exceed 80% of income for the April 2019 - March 2020 trading year.

  • Ensure you are applying to the correct Local Authority. 

  • We aim to process grant applications within 30 working days of closure of the scheme, however this may be increased in some cases.

  • Applications will be assessed for eligibilty and prioritised accordingly.

 

When submitting your application you will be required to complete all the requested fields together with the required evidence documents.  Please refer to the guidance notes for more details.  Scanned documents and photos are acceptable forms of evidence.

 

If you need to contact the team, please use the email address below: 

 

 

 

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