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Covid-19 Funding update 9 April 2020

Arts & Culture

Update – COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund Now Open

The COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund will provide support to the thousands of active workers and freelancers who have been hit hardest by the closure of film and television productions across the UK. Created by The Film and TV Charity in partnership with the BFI, the Fund is supported by initial donations totalling £2.5 million from Netflix, the BFI, BBC Studios, BBC Content, WarnerMedia and several individuals. The Film and TV Charity and the BFI is covering all overheads, enabling donations to go directly to eligible workers and freelancers across film, TV and cinema. One-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 will be awarded based on need. Applications are open for two weeks, closing on Wednesday 22 April 2020 (18:00 BST).

The Culture of Solidarity Fund aims to support imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, will reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space. It is open to individuals, collectives and organisations from all sectors and civil society at large with initiatives and ideas that:

  • Expand the notion of Europe as an open and shared public space for everybody in times of inward-looking and national decision-making.
  • Share experiences, knowledge, skills, stories, ideas and resources of solidarity across Europe, especially outside mainstream public attention.
  • Sustain people-to-people interaction beyond European borders and in times of travel restrictions and social distancing.
  • Maintain cultural life and social experiences with a European outreach in times of home lockdown and prepare the ground for a cultural revival of Europe after the crisis.
  • Develop new approaches in operations of cultural work and new alliances across sectors to deal with the current challenges imposed by the crisis.

Grants can be used for financing a wide range of activities ranging from seed money for entirely new initiatives to (co-)funding for scaling up already existing ideas to European level. They can cover material costs, office costs, online co-working and communication tools, production costs, and also expert fees and staff costs. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world, but their proposal must clearly contribute to a European Culture of Solidarity. Applications to the first round must be submitted by 27 April 2020 (12:00 CET).

For more information and more updates please visit Arts Council England.