THE Creative Freelancer fund will be open to applicants from October 19 at 10 am. This is a grant to provide financial assistance to freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors that are facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 – March 2021. The grant seeks to complement other COVID-19 response measures to support organisations and businesses in Wales as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund.

The eligibility criteria for the grant is as follows:

  • Facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 – March 2021;
  • 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
  • You must be operating in Wales;
  • You must be based within the local authority you are applying to.

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You have been successful in Phase 1
  • 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);
  • You are a freelancer who works in the sport sector

This funding is specifically for creative/cultural subsectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Those in roles that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity (e.g. architects, graphic designers, games designers etc.) with or without support should not apply.

For further information on this grant please read the Freelancer Fund guidance notes and FAQs.

To provide enough time for freelancers to apply the fund has been split into two phases.  Phase 2 of the Freelancer Fund will open to applications from the 19th October 2020.  A grant of £2,500 is available per individual and applications will be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

Individuals can apply for the grant by accessing the Culture Recovery Fund Eligibility Checker on the Business Wales website. If eligible to apply you will be directed to the online application form.

If you require support with your application, Business Wales are accepting applications from D/deaf and/or disabled creative freelancers now up until Phase 2 closes.  Call the Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000 or Email FreelancerWCRF@gov.wales.

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