Arts Council England has published additional guidance for organisations and individuals needing financial support due to the impacts of coronavirus.
ACE’s £160 million rescue plan was announced last week, with three major strands intended for national portfolio organisations, cultural organisations outside the funding body’s main stream and individual artists and creatives.
It has now released more detailed information about how to apply for grants, who is eligible, when they will be open for applications and where the money is coming from.
In order to provide £160 million for theatres and arts organisations to weather the impacts of closures and cancellations, the Arts Council has reallocated money intended for other streams such as National Lottery Projects Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice, as well as draining its reserves.
This means that pending and new applications to reallocated funds will not be considered, ACE said.
While no one will be asked to pay back awarded funding, ACE added it would discuss with organisations in receipt of funding whether activity can be undertaken at a later date or whether unused funds can be returned, however this will take place on a case-by-case basis.
The £20 million emergency fund for artists and creative practitioners – which covers individuals working in any discipline covered by ACE – and the £50 million pot for organisations outside the NPO stream both open for applications on March 31.
The Arts Council said the NPO fund, totalling £90 million and intended to help companies “quickly reboot their programmes of creative work”, would be available “as soon as possible”.
More information on all of the emergency funds and ACE’s response to Covid-19 can be found here.
Earlier this week, ACE moved to allay fears that its recently announced rescue package is likely to lead to “more hardship in the longer term” for freelance theatre workers.
It revealed it has an “unallocated sum of £57 million for use in 2020/21” from its National Lottery Project Grants budget, which freelances have argued is vital for their work.
It said its aim would be to reinstate its project grants scheme – which has previously assisted thousands of individuals to develop projects – in 2020 “unless these new and unpredictable circumstances dictated otherwise.”