From the Freelands Foundation

Today we reveal details of our new Emergency Fund in partnership with a-n The Artists Information Company. The fund of £1.5m will be open to all artists and visual arts freelancers living in England and Northern Ireland who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is part of a total of £3m of funding committed by the Freelands Foundation to support artists and creative practitioners across the UK during the pandemic. Of the £1.5 million in the new fund, £1m will be available to applicants living in England and £500k to those living in Northern Ireland. 

Opening on Thursday 7 May, the fund will provide grants of £1,500-2,500 per person. These will be assessed by need and will be available to all artists and freelancers working in the visual arts, including those not eligible for existing public funds.

In addition, the Foundation has contributed £1m to Creative Scotland’s Bridging Bursary, and £500k to Arts Council of Wales Urgent Response Fund. We hope that this initiative will help support the most vulnerable in the arts sector across all four nations of the UK.