Coronovirus: Other Funding Sources

In addition to the funding and support available through the Government schemes, other organisations are also offering funding which you may be eligible to apply for.

Facebook Small Business Grants Programme

Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where we operate. The programme can help:

  • Cover staff costs
  • Help with rent costs
  • Connect with more customers
  • Cover operational costs

They'll begin taking applications in the coming weeks, in the meantime you can sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.

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Arts Council England (ACE) Emergency Funding Package

ACE will offer individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector new financial support during the crisis, totalling £160 million. They've re-purposed all investment strands to be able to offer this support for the following types of organisations:

  • £90 million funding for National Portfolio Organisations to reboot their creative work and alleviate financial pressures
  • £50 million funding for organisations not in receipt of regular funding from the Arts Council but with a track record of delivering publicly funded culture. You can apply for up to £35,000 in one of two rounds. First round applications will open on 9th April and will close on 16th April. The second round will open on 16th April and close on 30th April.
  • £20 million funding for individuals working in the cultural sector. You can apply for up to £2,500 in one of two rounds. First round applications will open on 9th April and will close on 16th April. The second round will open on 16th April and close on 30th April.

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Heritage Emergency Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

  • The £50m Heritage Emergency Fund will be available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000. It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.
  • Organisations which have received funding in the past and are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply.
  • Priority will be given where:
    • there is limited or no access to other sources of support
    • where heritage is most at risk
    • where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19

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Sport England

Sport England have announced up to £195 million of funding to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. The package which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding is made up of the following:

  • Community Emergency Funding to support community organisations suffering financial hardship.
  • Sector Partner Fund for active partners of Sport England and National Governing bodies.
  • £55 Sector Stimulation to support and stimulate the sector by adapting to changes while restrictions are being lifted.

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Historic England Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund

Historic England’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund extends a safety net to small heritage organisations at this challenging time.

  • Open to third sector, and voluntary groups, heritage organisations and self-employed contractors.
  • Grants of up to £25k (grants of £50k also available subject to criteria)
  • Covers (1) Emergency Revenue, (2) Projects and activities.
  • Will support local or national heritage organisations, including privately-owned heritage attractions and heritage businesses.
  • Does not fund costs that are eligible for other Government and/or Lottery channels of support.

For more information and to apply for the fund, click here.