Freelancer Grant

Application process for phase 3 has now closed.

This is a grant to provide financial assistance to freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors that are facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021. The grant seeks to complement other COVID-19 response measures to support organisations and businesses in Wales as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund.

A grant of £2,500 is available per individual and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.


Who is eligible?

The eligibility criteria for the grant is as follows:

  • Facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021;
  • Freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, who work in the four key sub sectors ;
    • The Arts
    • Creative Industries
    • Arts and Heritage Events
    • Culture and Heritage
  • You must be operating in Wales;
  • You must be based within the local authority you are applying to.

This funding is specifically for creative/cultural subsectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid 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.

You will also be eligible if you're employed part-time and also have a freelance professional creative practice, however, please note this grant is targeted at freelancers in most need of support due to loss of earnings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have received previous support from either the Government Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support Scheme and are experiencing financial challenges you are still eligible for this fund.


Who is not eligible?

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You have recently received funding from the Start-Up Grant launched in June 2020 to help new businesses survive the economic consequences of coronavirus (Covid-19).
  • You are a Freelancer who works in the sport sector



Freelancers will need to provide:

  • Proof of identification (one of the following):
  1. Current UK or EEA photocard driving licence;
  2. Current signed passport;
  3. Original Birth certificate;
  4. Other (please specify).
  • Proof of address (one of the following):
  1. Utility bill;
  2. Bank statement
  3. Mobile phone statement.
  • Proof of work and loss of work

Proof of some work between April 2019 - July 2020 and / or proof of work cancelled between April 2020 - March 2021. Please note proof of work will not be required for all of the above timeframe.  If you are unable to provide the relevant documentation due to maternity/parental or adoption leave please let us know.

  • Examples of how this can be provided include:
    • Contract / cancelled contracts;
    • Invoices;
    • Reference from employer / confirmation of cancelled work from employer;
    • Letter of Engagement / cancelling engagement;
    • Arts Council of Wales grant confirmation;
    • Other (you will need to specify).
  • Other Information which must be provided:
    • a recent copy of your individual bank statement will need to be provided (this is needed to corroborate bank details, and will not be used as part of the appraisal of your application);
    • 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;
    • A CV (or a detailed LinkedIn account).


Further details can be found in the guidance document. [160KB]


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