Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support

Deadline 4th February 2022

The Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support programme has been established to provide emergency funding for culturally significant organisations in England. Those which were financially sustainable before coronavirus (COVID-19) but are now at imminent risk of failure, having exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience, are being supported.

Through the Emergency Resource Support programme, the Arts Council can support:

  • Essential business expenditure, such as staff salaries and fixed/operational costs for the duration of the funding period.
  • Costs for projects/activity that are/is essential to continued operations and that are/is related to the reopening of businesses in a COVID-safe manner and that will drive future income.
  • Full or partial repayment or clearance of COVID-related debt incurred since 1 April 2020, not including affordable lending.
  • Building reserves, up to a maximum value of eight weeks’ turnover (Local Authorities and Universities cannot include these costs).
  • Proportionate redundancy pay-outs where decisions have been made to reduce the workforce.
  • Running risk management and financial reviews and testing any identified actions to safeguard the organisation as needed.
  • One off costs arising from organisational development including reconfiguring business plans, governance and activity needed to help safeguard the future of the organisation – in particular costs that will enable organisations to increase income.
  • One off building/capital expenditure up to a maximum of 10% of the full grant request in order to adapt any existing activities and core business.

You can apply for a minimum of £25,000 and up to £3 million if you’re a non-profit organisation or up to £1 million if you’re a for-profit organisation.

Click here for the Arts Council England website.