Essex County Council will launch a local Arts and Cultural Recovery Fund next month.
The fund is geared towards recovery and development post-pandemic, benefitting organisations that support artistic and cultural work.
Graham Butland, the council’s cabinet minister for devolution, the arts, heritage and culture, has not revealed the size of the fund but said it is “significant”.
He confirmed a key focus will be supporting small grassroots organisations.
“The arts is something the county council left the stage a few years ago and we want to back in there.”