Arts Council England has announced that it is making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis. They have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as much as possible.
This funding has come from reallocation of National Lottery Project Grants, Developing Your Creative Practice and their Development Funds for the 2020/21 period, and uses up almost all of their reserves.
- £90 million will be available for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs)
- £50 million will be available for organisations outside of the National Portfolio
- £20 million will be available to creative practitioners and cultural workers
The package was designed last month by a group of senior staff within the Arts Council. It was informed by evidence collected from all parts of the sector since they became aware of the Covid-19 risk. The proposals they developed were tested with an external reference group made up of a cross-section of the publicly funded cultural sector (creative practitioners, non-NPOs, NPOs, and local authorities).
They are currently working through the details of eligibility and guidance for the funds.