Culture Recovery Fund - Grants Programme

Friday, 4 September 2020 - 12:00pm

Grants of between £50,000 and £3 million are available for cultural organisations in England that were financially stable before the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure.

The funding is for culturally significant organisations which were financially sustainable before COVID-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience.

Cultural organisations (both profit and not-for-profit) based in England can apply.

For the purpose of this Fund, “cultural” is defined as sitting within the remit of Arts Council England and therefore eligible organisations include:

  • National Portfolio Organisations, Creative People and Places lead organisations, Music Education Hub lead organisations and both Accredited museums (Full and Provisional) and museums confirmed by the Arts Council as working towards Accreditation.
  • Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services.

To be eligible organisations must be properly constituted and registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission, and able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statements.

There will be two funding rounds, which will run consecutively:

  • Round 1 will open for applications at 12 noon on 10 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on 21 August 2020.
  • Round 2 will open for applications at 4pm on 21 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on 4 September 2020.


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