All artists and visual arts freelancers living in England and Northern Ireland who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic will be able to access a new £1.5m Emergency Fund supported by Freelands Foundation. £1m will be available to applicants living in England and £500k to those living in Northern Ireland, including those not eligible for existing public funds.
In partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company, the fund will be opening on 7th May, and will provide grants of £1,500-2,500 per person.
The Foundation has already contributed £1m to Creative Scotland’s Bridging Bursary, and £500k to Arts Council of Wales Urgent Response Fund. It hopes that “this initiative will help support the most vulnerable in the arts sector across all four nations of the UK”.