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Cultural Recovery Fund Grant

Use this tool to check your eligibility for the Cultural Recovery Fund grant.

The fund is to protect sustainable organisations and as many jobs in the culture sector as possible in order to ensure the sector survives the Covid-19 crisis and remains vibrant, viable and sustainable in 2021 and beyond. Whilst this is primarily a rescue and recovery package it presents a unique opportunity to deliver transformational change within the sector. The sector includes theatres, music venues, heritage attractions, heritage organisations, museums, libraries, galleries, archives, independent cinemas and events. However, a fund for the arts, covering theatres and galleries, will be managed separately by the Arts Council of Wales. Please visit ACW website for further details.

The funding is to cover the period from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.

The grant fund for organisations will be open for applications from the week beginning 14th September and closing on the 2nd October. The grant fund for freelancers will be open for applications from 5th October.

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Select the description that suits the application:

A freelancer based in Wales providing goods or services to the Cultural sector

OR

A business or organisation providing goods or services to the Cultural sector

Select one of the Cultural Sectors below the business works in

For the scope of activity definitions eligible for this application click here.

Is the business activity in the following areas:

  • Organisations that care for heritage attractions in Wales
  • Not for profit organisations / private owners who care for historic buildings and sites that open their doors to visitors more than 28 days a year, such as historic places of worship
  • Heritage businesses that generate the majority or a substantial portion of their turnover from heritage work – including archaeological organisations, conservators, conservation specialists, built heritage specialists, architectural consultancies specialising in conservation repair and maintenance of historic buildings and ancient monuments.
  • Organisations delivering participatory heritage events and activities.
  • Other organisations that provide significant services to the heritage sector.

Is the business activity in the following areas:

  • Independent Museums that are Accredited or have Working Towards Accreditation (Eligibility) status
  • Independent Archives (those not run by a local authority) that are Accredited or have Working Towards Accreditation Status
  • Community Libraries, who are independently funded and Independent Libraries.

Is the business activity in the following areas:

Cultural, sporting or business events which are socially, culturally, or economically significant to Wales, in alignment with Event Wales’ published strategy and funding criteria and Welsh Government Wellbeing Goals, or wholly, or mainly, engaged in the provision of technical support for the delivery of such events.

Is the business activity in the following areas:

  • Music venues who programme original music as the majority of their shows
  • Music recording and rehearsal studios
  • Independent Cinemas - a building-based operation that provides a year-round programme that ordinarily includes a weekly film offer. Ownership can take a variety of forms including charities, private, community, local authority or higher education ownership. Venues that have corporate shareholders or are listed on any stock exchange are excluded. Venues should operate from no more than 5 sites in Wales (maximum of 15 across the UK) and focus solely on providing a film programme. Those that provide film as part of a broader mixed arts offer can be considered if they are unable to access support via ACW.
  • Comedy venues who programme original comedy as the majority of their shows
  • TV & Film post production (those companies who work on the editing of visual and audio materials, cutting raw footage, assembling that footage, adding music, dubbing, sound effects into a finished product for a film or TV production)
  • TV & Film VFX - those companies who use imagery created, manipulated, or enhanced for any film or TV programme that cannot take place during live-action shooting.
  • Publishers (books and magazines) who have their head office in Wales. Publishers must prove to be active and have published at least one publication since October 2019 (book or magazine), with the main source of income coming from sales or / and advertising.

Can you confirm you meet the following trading history criteria:

  • are based in Wales or have heritage assets located in Wales,
  • able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statement but does not need to be VAT registered if total turnover is below the registration threshold.
  • Registered charities with an operating budget below the charity regulator’s reporting thresholds do not need to produce audited accounts but will need to show that they’re meeting charity reporting requirements and/or keeping accounting records;
  • As a minimum you must be able to provide a financial statement appropriate for the nature of your body.
  • able to demonstrate you were operating sustainably in February 2020
  • able to demonstrate a significant loss of turnover/income since 1 March 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

Can you confirm that the funding is only to be used for assistance with the following costs?

  • Operating costs from from 1st April 2020 up to 31 March 2021
  • Costs of maintaining staff and preventing redundancies
  • Organisation review and realisation costs
  • Removing the threat of insolvency before April 2021
  • Re-opening costs - Preparation for reopening
  • Costs involved in mothballing venues or historic properties
  • Other activity to build up sustainability and resilience
  • Support enhanced digital offerings
  • Support for events/venues to recover

Are you looking for funding greater than £150,000?

A non-repayable grant of up to £150,000 (up to 100% of eligible costs) per organisation will be available via two application entry points:

  • Under £10k
  • Between £10k - £150k

In exceptional circumstances for applications that will be greater than £150,000 please click here.

Will you be claiming for less than £10,000?

In exceptional circumstances for applications that will be greater than £150,000 businesses/organisations can request permission to apply, please send this request to the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund inbox (WalesCulturalRecoveryFund@gov.wales) with a clear rationale and associated budget. This must be done at least 5 working days before the fund deadline.

You may be able to apply for the Cultural Recovery Fund Grant, please read the eligibility below

The grant fund will be open for applications in the week beginning 14th September and closing on the 2nd October.

Eligibility criteria to apply for a grant of over £10,000:

  • Must be a recognised organisation within the culture sector
  • Applicants must be operating and employing in Wales and able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statement but does not need to be VAT registered if total turnover is below the registration threshold.
  • Applicants need to demonstrate they were operating sustainably in February 2020.
  • You will need to demonstrate a significant loss of turnover/income since 1 March 2020 as a result of the pandemic.
  • Support based on cost to maintain organisation and staff (based on evidence from past 3 months during lockdown and future costs) until reopening is possible
  • The fund will not cover costs which have been previously supported via other grant funding such as Economic Resilience Fund.
  • Any previous support i.e. (ERF) from WG in final offer will not be deducted unless covered as above.
  • Supported organisation must aim to maintain employment for 1 year (conditioned via offer).
  • Applications must represent good value for money and not entail financial risk.
  • Applicant businesses and organisation will be expected to align with the ethos and principles of the Cultural Contract, click here to view.
  • In submitting an application for the Cultural Recovery Fund I am content for my application details to be shared following GDPR approval with delivery partners of the scheme (Local Authorities and Business Wales)
  • If successful I am happy for the name of my business to be published on a recipients of support list on the Welsh Governments web site.

Please open and read the guidelines to help you complete the application. Click here to view the full guidance document.

Do you agree to the above conditions?

You may be able to apply for the Cultural Recovery Fund Grant, please read the eligibility below

The grant fund will be open for applications in the week beginning 14th September and closing on the 2nd October.

Eligibility criteria to apply for a grant of up to £10,000:

  • Must be a recognised organisation within the culture sector
  • Applicants must be operating and employing in Wales and able to produce at least one year’s full independently certified or audited financial statement but does not need to be VAT registered if total turnover is below the registration threshold.
  • Applicants need to demonstrate they were operating sustainably in February 2020.
  • You will need to demonstrate a significant loss of turnover/income since 1 March 2020 as a result of the pandemic.
  • Support based on cost to maintain organisation and staff (based on evidence from past 3 months during lockdown and future costs) until reopening is possible
  • The fund will not cover costs which have been previously supported via other grant funding such as Economic Resilience Fund.
  • Any previous support i.e. (ERF) from WG in final offer will not be deducted unless covered as above.
  • Supported organisation must aim to maintain employment for 1 year (conditioned via offer).
  • Applications must represent good value for money and not entail financial risk.
  • Applicant businesses and organisation will be expected to align with the ethos and principles of the Cultural Contract, click here to view.
  • In submitting an application for the Cultural Recovery Fund I am content for my application details to be shared following GDPR approval with delivery partners of the scheme (Local Authorities and Business Wales)
  • If successful I am happy for the name of my business to be published on a recipients of support list on the Welsh Governments web site.

Please open and read the guidelines to help you complete the application. Click here to view the full guidance document.

Do you agree to the above conditions?

You may be able to apply for the Cultural Recovery Fund Grant, please read the eligibility below

We have been working with a number of partners on the design of the application process for the freelancer fund, and have confirmed that local authorities will be the key delivery partners. We want as many of the freelancer community to be aware of and have the time to apply for this fund, with this in mind applications will go live on Monday 5th October. Guidance on how to apply will be provided before this date, and we expect to be making funding decisions through October in line with the funding via the Arts Council of Wales and support for organisations via Welsh Government.

The fund will support freelancers who work in the following sectors:

  • The Arts
  • Arts and Heritage Events
  • Creative Industries
  • Culture and Heritage

You will need to tell us:

  • what you do, the range and type of your work.
  • how COVID-19 has affected your freelance income due to the cancellation of existing and future work.

You will need to provide:

  • A CV
  • A recent bank statement Unique Tax Reference (UTR) Number (if available) or if you work under PAYE deducted contracts, other evidence such as p60 or proof of employment on short term contracts
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of some work between April 2019 - July 2020 and proof of work cancelled between April 2020 - March 2021

There will be a voluntary freelancer pledge that you may wish to sign up to.

If you have recently received funding from the Start Up Grant launched in June to help new businesses survive the economic consequences of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be ineligible for this grant.

We want to target those that have received little or no support to date. This funding is specifically for sub-sectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficulty restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Those in roles that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity (e.g. architects, graphic designers, games designers etc.) with or without support should not apply.

This Fund will not support freelancers working in the sport sector.

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This grant is only available to businesses that are able to provide evidence that meets the trading history eligibility criteria

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This grant is only available to assist with the cost indicated

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In exceptional circumstances for applications that will be greater than £150,000 businesses/organisations can request permission to apply with a clear rationale and associated budget. This must be done at least 5 working days before the fund deadline. Application instructions for exceptional circumstances to be released by 5 September 2020.

This grant is only available to businesses or organisations that fall into the cultural sectors as defined in this application

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This grant is only available to businesses that carry out the defined cultural sector activity for this application

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Unless a business meets the criteria, has the information indicated and accepts the conditions of the grant they cannot progress to submit an application

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