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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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 from financial hardship.
  • Sector Partner Fund for active partners of Sport England and National Governing Bodies.
  • £55m 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 the 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.

£10m Kick-Start fund

The Government has announced a new package to support small businesses in tourist destinations. Grants of up to £5,000 will be available to help adapt businesses following the coronavirus pandemic. The funding could be used to pay for specialist professional advice, to adopt new technology and online systems or to purchase new equipment. Funding will be allocated to each Local Growth Hub based on how much of their employment base is linked to tourism and hospitality businesses.

The government are due to release more information over the coming days.

Click here for the full announcement

Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund

In July, the Government announced a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help arts, culture and heritage industries weather the impact of coronavirus. The money, which represents the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic.

Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema can now apply and access emergency grants and loans from a package of up to £500 million.

The criteria for the Culture Recovery Fund have been set by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the grants are administered, awarded and monitored by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS

This fund is to enable cultural organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis to stay afloat, providing them with support over a 6-month period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or operate on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date.

What is the funding for? 

This fund is to enable cultural organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis to stay afloat, providing them with support over a 6-month period to ensure that by 31 March 2021 they can reopen, either fully or partially, or operate on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis until they are able to reopen at a later date.

Who can take part? 

• Cultural organisations (both profit and not for profit) based in England that are properly constituted and are registered at Companies House and/or Charity Commission and are able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statements.

• Local Authorities, Universities and other Public Sector bodies who run or maintain cultural services can also apply.

Read more about eligible businesses here

How much can organisations apply for? 

Organisations can apply for grants between £50,000 and £3 million.

Any organisation that requires £3 million or above should apply to the £270 million repayable finance programme only (there is no upper limit on the amount that can be applied for).

Read more about finance programme here

How do organisations apply?

Detailed guidance is available where you can find all the information you need including the eligibility criteria, the application process and the questions and character counts in the application form.

Before you can start an application, organisations will need to create a user account and applicant profile on the Arts Council's Grantium grant management system. The Arts Council's Grantium guidance can help you get to grips with using the system.

Download full applicant guidance here

What are the application deadlines? 

Whilst there are two rounds for this fund, the Arts Council will allocate approximately 75% of the overall budget to the first round. If you have an application ready in time for Round 1, we strongly encourage you to apply to this round.


Round 1: 10 August, 12pm (midday) – 21 August, 12pm (midday)


Round 2: 21 August, 4pm – 4 September, 12pm (midday)

Round One applicants requesting up to £1 million will be notified from the end of September and no later than 5pm, Monday 5 October 2020. Applicants requesting over £1 million will be notified by 5pm, Friday 23 October.

Round Two applicants requesting up to £1 million will be notified by 5pm, Friday 16 October. For those requesting over £1 million, you will be notified by 5pm, Friday 6 November

Read FAQS here

 

Kent and Medway Business Fund 

Kent County Council is now taking applications for the Kent and Medway Business Fund (KMBF). Alongside the original KMBF loan, KCC has launched two new loan schemes in response to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The schemes are available to help businesses to recover and return to growth.

KMBF schemes available:

• KMBF Loan offers 0% loans between £101,000 and £500,000. The application is open to small and medium sized businesses (SME) in Kent and Medway. The loan is available to those in the eligible sectors, including start-ups. It can help to develop new or expand existing products, services or processes.

• KMBF Recovery Loan offers 0% loans between £50,000 and £100,000. The loan is available to those who have been trading for at least 3 years as of 31 December 2019 and who operate in eligible sectors. KMBF Recovery Loans must be used to ensure the future sustainability of your business and enable a return to growth in the medium to long term through the funding of working capital in your business.

• KMBF Capital Growth Loan offers 0% loans between £50,000 and £100,000. The loan is available to those who have been trading for at least 3 years as of 31 December 2019 and who operate in eligible sectors. KMBF Capital Growth Loans must be used to ensure the future sustainability of your business and enable a return to growth in the medium to long term through capital investment.

Click HERE for more information and to apply