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COVID-19: Resources and funding support

Helpful resources and further support for those affected by the Coronavirus crisis

The Creative Access team are now working remotely and doing our best to ensure our Community is well supported to manage the challenges that the global situation presents. We appreciate that these are challenging times for everyone, and especially conscious that interns, trainees and a range of creative professionals may be experiencing high degrees of uncertainty. Below are a collection of helpful resources and further support for those affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. Please note this blog post is regularly updated as more material becomes available.

Official news, guidance and financial support

  • NHS Advice on Coronavirus
  • UK Government advice on staying at home
  • The Government’s advice on on self-employment and Universal Credit. Universal Credit is a monthly payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work. The  minimum income floor in Universal Credit will be temporarily relaxed for those directly affected by Covid-19 or self-isolating, ensuring self-employed claimants will be compensated for losses in income
  • Official guidance on claiming sick pay and other benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions
  • The Government’s Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. Martin Lewis has some helpful videos for those on zero hours contracts or if you’re self employed or you can ead more about support for freelancers and the self-employed here
  • You can apply for an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work.
  • HMRC has set up a dedicated Covid-19 helpline  to help those in need. HMRC will also waive late payment penalties and interest where a business experiences administrative difficulty contacting HMRC or paying taxes due to Covid-19
  • A new, temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank has been set up to support businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan
  • The Treasury is providing grants for small businesses that do not pay business rates to help them survive the coronavirus pandemic. For information about claiming them see here
  • The Directory of Social Change has a great webpage listing and updating emergency funding schemes plus a directory of over 8000 funders
  • A really simple list of Corona Emergency Funding sources from the Institute of Fundraising 
  • UCL School of Management has published “The pain of financial stress, and what you can do about it” with tips on how financial stress can be reduced and a glossary of common financial terms.

Creative industries support

  • The Arts Council have funds and support available for artists and creatives as well as a Financial Difficulties guide and toolkit to help individuals recognise and manage some of the financial challenges they might be facing
  • The Film & TV Charity provide a support line and financial relief to workers affected by the crisis as well as Community Grants of £150 – £1,000 to support set-up costs; their Going Places award also offers £100 – £1,500 to provide support with travel, accommodation and other costs to help with expenses
  • The Authors’ Emergency Fund supports of all types of writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others during the crisis
  • Disability Arts Online is offering new commissions for disabled artists
  • Leading theatrical charities provide information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry
  • Theatre sector union Equity is providing up to £350 to help support actors
  • Museum news and support for freelancers working within museums, galleries, archives, libraries and heritage sites
  • The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund supporting contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry
  • The Community Radio Fund are providing emergency cash to support radio stations facing severe financial difficulty
  • Dance Professionals Fund offer grants for professional dancers, including support for freelance dancers with portfolio careers
  • ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based creative industries are offering a free package of remote and interactive training, online talks and masterclasses with industry leaders
  • The Arts Marketing Association offer free webinars and resources for those in the arts, culture and heritage sector
  • If you’re a member of independent charity Axis Web which provides a platform to support artists you may be eligible for a one-off £100 hardship grant
  • Mayor of London’s resources for creative organisations and freelancers
  • Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund have an emergency fund of £1.5 million to support artists and freelancers
  • Artquest have set up a WFH residency of £1,000 grants for unemployed artists who have had projects or work cancelled
  • a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of £500 – £1,500 to artists whose livelihoods have been affected
  • Metal Remote Residencies have three stages of funding available for artists to develop their work
  • Film and Video Umbrella have launched BEYOND, offering £2,500 for film proposals that need minimal equipment, crew, and space 
  • Rabbits Road Institute Library have an open call for a writer in residence, offering a £1,000 fee along with £1,000 for project funding
  • The University of Brighton are offering a studentship for a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Curating Collections and Heritage MA applicant
  • Museum Detox have launched a hardship fund, with £150 bursaries available for people of colour with some experience of working in or for museums, heritage or galleries
  • Words of Colour are running free professional development and creative wellbeing virtual sessions for writers and creatives of colour from May to August 2020

Housing advice

  • If you live independently – renting an apartment, house or room or in a low-income household – you may be able to get support with your housing costs, through claiming Universal Credits or new style ESA. More info here
  • The London Renters Union have created a template letter to send to Landlords from those struggling to pay rent during Coronavirus

Mental health

  • Mind offer advice and support for those struggling with their mental health
  • YoungMinds have some excellent advice and resources on looking after your mental health while self-isolating
  • Top tips for working from home and a daily online get together from Voluntary Arts for anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation

Other resources and useful information

  • The Citizens Advice Bureau provides guidance for those struggling with living costs
  • Debt charity, Step Change, outline what to do if you need emergency help with money and food
  • The charity, National Debtline, provides useful advice and guidance on claiming benefits
  • Turn2us is a national charity which provides financial support to help people get back on track during tough times
  • General financial advice and guidance on paying bills from the team at Money Saving Expert
  • Ideas for budgeting and managing your money from the Money Advice Service
  • EON COVID-19 update
  • The Department for Education have launched The Skills Toolkit – an online platform giving access to free digital and numeracy courses to help people build up their skills and boost employability
  • The Prince’s Trust and Natwest have set up a fund to help support young entrepreneurs across the UK
  • RIFT have set up a Guide to Tax Debt and Mental Health

Supermarkets’ recruiting

  • Sainsbury’s are currently recruiting Retail staff and Delivery Drivers
  • Asda are currently recruiting Delivery Drivers and Retail Assistant staff
  • Morrisons is currently recruiting temporary staff across their logistics and manufacturing sites
  • Tesco is recruiting temporary staff
  • Lidl is currently recruiting temporary Stock Assistants
  • Iceland is recruiting for shop floor staff and delivery drivers

If you have further resources we can add to this list, tweet at us @_CreativeAccess.