The Welsh Government has announced a Freelancer grant as part of the Wales Culture Recovery Fund. Applications open on 5 October 2020.
Purpose of the grant
The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers in the cultural sectors facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Who can apply?
Support is available to assist freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, who work in the four key sub sectors:
- The Arts;
- Creative Industries;
- Arts and Heritage Events;
- Culture and Heritage.
To check your eligibility, use the Business Wales eligibility checker.
You will also be eligible if you’re employed part-time and also have a freelance professional creative practice. However, please note this grant is targeted at freelancers in most need of support due to loss of earnings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have received previous support from either the Government Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme and are experiencing financial challenges, you are still eligible for this fund.
Who will not be eligible?
You will not be eligible if:
- If you are a freelancer working in the sport sector;
- You have recently received funding from the Start-Up Grant launched in June 2020 to help new businesses survive the economic consequences of coronavirus (Covid-19).
This funding is specifically for creative/cultural subsectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficulty restarting because of the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.
Those in roles that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity, such as architects, graphic designers and games designers, with or without support, should not apply.
How to apply
Applications open on Monday 5 October 2020 and can be made online using the following link.
Apply for a freelancer grant >
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For further information please visit the Business Wales COVID-19 support for businesses pages.