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Emergency funding opportunities for the cultural sector

Sandwell Council is encouraging people and organisations in the cultural sector to apply for emergency funding available from Arts Council England.

The Arts Council has announced a £160 million emergency response package of support across the cultural sector in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

This includes:

• £90 million for National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs)

• £50 million for organisations outside of the National Portfolio

• £20 million for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers

Councillor Wasim Ali, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources and Core Services, said:

“These are difficult times for our cultural sector and it’s important that people and organisations are supported to continue their invaluable and innovative work.

“I would encourage artists, creative practitioners, tech businesses and freelancers to look into these funding opportunities to see what help is available for them.”

NPOs will be contacted directly and those benefiting will need to show how they will support the freelance creative practitioners on whom they rely.

Organisations that are not National Portfolio Organisations can apply for a maximum of £35,000. The funding will be available to organisations with a track record in publicly funded culture with the aim to get them back on their feet and continue to work in the future.

Artists, creative practitioners and freelancers will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture.

Round one funding for organisations (outside the National Portfolio or Music Education Hubs) and artists, creative practitioners and freelancers opens for applications tomorrow (Thursday 9 April). Applicants will need to register on Grantium at by 13 April in order to make an application for this round.

Round two opens for applications on Thursday 16 April, and applicants will need to register on Grantium at by 27 April to make an application for this round.

Further information on the funding available and the application process can be found at

To find out more about Sandwell Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including support available to communities, go to

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