Cumbria Arts & Culture Network – COVID-19
To help our members during the current time, please find below a list of financial resources.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England COVID19 Emergency Funding Streams
ACE are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and they have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we can.
For organisations outside of the National Portfolio (£50 million)
Organisations can apply for up to £35,000 for activity intended to prevent your organisation ceasing operation due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 emergency. Alternatively, for activity specifically designed to be deliverable during the next six months.
For Individuals (£20 million)
Freelance Creative Practitioners can apply for up to £2,500 each. The fund aims to afford practitioners time to stabilise, think and plan for the future. You can apply for costs relating to additional equipment (such as IT equipment); licenses for digital products; time to research or work up other activities that you are able to undertake in the next few months or to explore new opportunities or refocus your practice.
£4 million of this funding for individuals has been set aside to support artists working in specific artforms.
Cumbria LEP’s Business & Economic Response Group
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: there is ambiguity with regards to this scheme and how HMRC require companies to apply overtime, weekly as opposed to monthly salary payments, holiday entitlement during furlough periods. Urgent clarification is being sought.
Note: HMRC have announced holiday entitlement accrued during 20/21 is eligible to be carried over into 2012/22 and 22/23.
The group noted that they are receiving levels of feedback from those ineligible for the government support for self employed workers, that suggests this will apply to more than the 5% announced by government. It is also clear that despite the available universal credit, bank bridging loans and mortgage holidays, many will find the gap until first payment of support for the self-employed by HMRC in June will be too late.
If you have comments, questions or observations you would like us to feed back to LEP’s Business & Economic Response Group please email CACN Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Business Grant Fund
Central government will be releasing funds to local authorities to provide Business support grants to eligible Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sector. The grant can be for £10k or £25k depending on your eligibility.
In Cumbria, the six district councils are administering these grants. and five of the six districts are asking businesses to apply for the grants online. If you are in Allerdale, Barrow, Copeland, Eden or South Lakeland you need to complete and submit an online form:
- Allerdale click here: https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/coronavi …
- Barrow click here: https://www.barrowbc.gov.uk/promotion-pa …
- Copeland click here: https://www.copeland.gov.uk/coronavirus- …
- Eden click here: https://www.eden.gov.uk/business-and-tra …
- for South Lakeland click here:https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/busines …
- For Carlisle click here: https://www.carlisle.gov.uk/news-and-eve …
Carlisle is taking a different approach, writing directly to eligible businesses. If you are in Carlisle, look out for the letter sent to your business premises. If you cannot access your business premises or have not received a grant and think you may be eligible you can get information and contact details in relation to funding
National Funders supporting Arts & Culture
If you are aware of any support missing from this list, please contact Laurar Rutter ( email@example.com) with the details.