Arts Council England creates £160m emergency fund

Article date
25 March 2020
Primary interest
Funding and Fundraising

Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding  available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the Covid-19 crisis. Round two applications are open until 21 August 2020.

It has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding. Its statement reads:

“We will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during this crisis, totalling £160m. We have re-purposed all our investment strands to be able to offer this support. These emergency funding streams will be open to applications very soon.”

It will make £90m available to its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs). “We hope organisations will use this funding to reboot their creative work, but we also understand it may be required to alleviate financial pressures on NPOs,” the funder said. It is making £50m available to organisations that are not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council. Organisations who have applied to National Lottery Project Grants are still able to apply for this support. ACE will be making £20m available to individuals.