Network Support for those Affected by Covid-19

Due to the spread of Covid-19 and in compliance with government guidelines we have postponed all public programming until further notice. However we are quickly shifting our programme to support our network in new ways at this difficult time. While we work with our staff and trustees, with the guidance of members of our network, to provide new and responsive opportunities and support for artists and freelance creative practitioners, we are also collaborating with our partners and funders to keep all members of our community informed about the opportunities available to them, including funding, commissions, digital residencies and online guidance. Please subscribe to our mailing list via our homepage and follow us on social media to receive updates from us. We are committed to learning, sharing and adapting in light of this unpredictable situation – so please stay in touch, send us initiatives that we can share with our network or questions that you may need answered about some of the opportunities below, and know that we are here to help in any way we can. 

Active Funded Opportunities and Initiatives for Artists and Freelance Practitioners

Below we have collated a list of opportunities and initiatives that are being provided by organisations and funders across the sector for artists, freelance practitioners and small organisations affected by Covid-19. There are also several other organisations providing guidance for those applying for funding including:

Please see below a list of active and funded opportunities and initiatives for freelance practitioners and small organisations *Please note this list has been generated through research by ICF to share with our network, it will be updated as new opportunities are announced and deadlines for open opportunities pass, and details are subject to change at the discretion of the host organisations/funders.
OpportunityOrganisation / FunderFundsApplication datesApplication lengthOther detailsLink
WFH residency for London-based artists Art Quest£1000Applications open 30 March - 1 July with 1 selected a monthShortFor those who have had work cancelled to prouduce new content; particular support for producing co-operative or communal approach to connect people
Open commissions for disabled artistsDisability Arts Online£50 - £500Open April onwardsEmail onlyOpen to disabled artists
Artists digitial talksDisability Arts Online£200Open April onwardsEmail onlyOpen to disabled artists
Artists articles on 'day in the life'Disability Arts Online£120 - £150Open April onwardsEmail onlyOpen to disabled artists
Bridging Bursary for artists and freelancers in ScotlandCreative Scotland£500 - £2500Open 3 AprilShortFor those who have lost their income based in Scotland
Open fund to held individuals and organisations to sustain themselves Creative Scotland£1K - £50KRunning all year roundShortFor practitioners based in Scotland
Small projects grants for organisations to test new ways of working that will benefit audience Art FundUp to £10KOpen for submissionOnline submission formTo help organisations continue to engage with their audiences during closure
Professional network grantsArt FundUp to £5KOpen for submissionOnline submission formFor professional networks to continue engagement remotely and deliver digital content
Photographers FundFormat$500Not specifiedNot specified - seems flexibleOpen to all members of the photography community
Artist GrantsThe Eaton Fund>£300Open4-page online formPainters, potters, sculptors and photographers only. Can apply for materials and equipment
Grants for small creative businnesSouth East Creatives£1K - £20KNot specifiedShort online formEast Sussex, Essex and Kent businesses only. Grant can cover up to 35% of project costs.
Remote Residencies Open Call for Artists in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-SeaMetal Liverpool£1000 stipendFinal round deadline 10 JulyOnline application formSupported remote residencies for 18 artists based in Liverpool, Peterborough and Southend-on-Sea
Emergency Fund for Artists and Freelance Creative PractitionersFreelands Foundation£1500 - £2500Opens 7 MayTBAOpen to visual arts practitioners based in the UK including those not eligible for other emergency funds
Plural Futures: film commissionAtlasFee £2500; Production £5000Deadline 29 June 10am BST Submit statement via emailATLAS Arts is seeking proposals from UK-based artists working with moving image, to create a new community film which speculates on the future.
14 digital commissions for d/Deaf or disabled artistsDaDaFest £1000 - £2500Deadline 20 JulyOnline form10 micro-commissions for d/Deaf or disabled artists in the North West & 4 larger commissions for d/Deaf or disables artists based nationally
Jerwood/FVU Awards 2022Jerwood & FVU£25,000Deadline 20 JulyOnline formOpen to UK-based moving-image artists in the first five years of developing their professional practice