COVID 19: Hardship Grants and Professional Resources

The current coronavirus pandemic is causing unprecedented disruption to the arts, and the most vulnerable workers are often the artists and creatives themselves. Resources are popping up everywhere, and we are curating a regularly updated list of the most useful resources and best advice that we can find, along with all the grants that we are aware of.


Arts Support

Arts Council Open Funds

Arts Minds – Supporting mental health

The Craft Council’s Covid Resource App

Arts Professional’s CovidCulture Resource Page

GRANTfinder’s Coronavirus resource page

Trussell Trust: Find a Food Bank



The Royal Variety Charity Grant


Film and TV

Film + TV Charity’s Resource Guide

Film + TV Charity Financial Support



Association of Independent Music FAQ

Help Musicians’ Financial Hardship Fund

Musician’s Union Hardship Fund

The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain

Help Musicians



The Royal Theatrical Fund’s Theatre Community Fund

Equity Welfare Trust – Welfare Grants



The Actors’ Benevolent Fund



Dance Professionals’ Fund


Visual Arts

The Eaton Fund

Axis Hardship Fund

The Artists’ General Benevolent Institution



Writer’s Guild Hardship Fund

Author’s Emergency Fund

The Writers’ Union Welfare Fund

Royal Literary Fund

The Society of Authors – Authors’ Contingency Fund


Arts and Social Welfare

Gane Trust Fund


Arts and Disability

MFPA Trust Fund for Disabled Children in the Arts


Young People

Philip Bates Trust Fund


Regional Support

Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Quartet Community Foundation

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Cheshire Community Foundation

Cornwall Community Foundation

Coventry and Warwickshire Heart of England Community Foundation

Cumbria Community Foundation

Derbyshire Foundation’s Coronavirus Fund

Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Essex Community Foundation

Gloucestershire Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation

Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation

Milton Keynes Community Foundation

Northern Ireland – The Community Foundation

North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Shropshire – Steve Morgan Foundation

Scotland – Creative Scotland’s Funding Programmes

Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation

York, North Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull – Two Ridings Community Foundation