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£500k emergency funding available to artists in Northern Ireland

The new Emergency Fund in partnership with Freelands Foundation. £1.5m is now 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 also be available to applicants living in England.

Opening on Thursday 7 May, the fund will provide hardship 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.

Please share this news with your networks and all artists and visual arts freelancers who could benefit from this emergency fund.