We’re working hard to help people through the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Together with the Welsh Government, we’ve reallocated money from existing budgets to create an urgent response fund of £7 million. We hope to add to this by working with other trusts, foundations and organisations to increase the funding that’s available. We’ve also changed the funding requirements for those individuals and organisations who have already received funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we can.

Of the funds currently available to us, we’re planning to allocate at least £1.5 million to individuals with the balance of £5.5m earmarked for organisations. We’ll monitor the demand on these budgets as we go along, and might adjust these allocations so that we can support as many people as possible. 

Funds are limited. So it’s very important that support is given to those in the most urgent need. We’d therefore ask you to think carefully about whether you should make an application at this time. We’re relying on everyone to be mindful of the collective needs of their peers when choosing to request funds.

For the time being, these are the only open‑to‑application funding programmes that we’ll be running. We’ll review the position later in the year. But for now, our absolute priority is helping artists and cultural organisations to survive this crisis and to find ways of getting back on their feet. 


How the Arts Resilience Fund can help you

Do you have a question about the Arts Resilience Fund? Send us a message at grants@arts.wales

The timeline for funds

Tuesday 14 April 2020
Launch the first round of applications to a new fund offering support to individuals facing immediate financial difficulty and hardship – our Urgent Response Fund for Individuals.   

Tuesday 21 April 2020
We’ll be opening for applications to a further scheme – a Stabilisation Fund for Organisations.

Friday 29 May 2020
We open for applications to a Stabilisation Fund for Individuals.


Alternative sources of funding

The UK and Welsh Governments are both offering support to those most in need. Read more about the funds available here.

What to do if you’re unable to accept money from the National Lottery

If you’re unable to accept lottery funding for any reasons, please upload a letter with your application explaining why this is the case. If your application is successful, we will try and fund your project from money we receive from other sources.