The Arts Council has moved quickly to responds quickly to the current emergency with funding to support smaller cultural organisations, many of which are in the community and charity sector, to ensure thyeir survival. It is making £50 million available to organisations that are not National Portfolio Organisations (ones that do not receive significant ongoing funding because of their national or regional significance. Funds of up to £35 000 per organisation. Potential applicants needed to register by Friday 3 April.
This comes after their announcement earlier this week of support for bigger arts and culture organisations which are National Portfolio Organisations. In our region these include much-loved Tyneside Cinema, and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children's Books. Support for creative practitioners and cultural workers is also being made available
The Arts Council also wants to support individual artists, creative practitioners and freelancers as best they can in this crisis, and is making £20 million of financial support available to individuals, so they can better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months.