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Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support Guidance Announced

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By Arts Council England / Posted on Wednesday 7th July 2021

The Government has announced a new round of the Culture Recovery Fund, including a grants programme for arts and cultural organisations in urgent need of funding: Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support.

This programme is designed to support organisations at imminent risk of failure and will provide emergency funding to help them return to financial viability. Today ACE has published the guidance for applicants for this programme.

The Emergency Resource Support fund is open to for-profit (commercial) and non-profit arts and cultural organisations who are at imminent risk of failure within twelve weeks of making an application.

This is a rolling programme; applications can be submitted between 15 July and 14 October 2021 and ACE will aim to communicate a decision within six weeks. To submit an application, you’ll need to receive Permission to Apply (PTA) first. Applicants can begin submitting PTA forms from Thursday 8 July and ACE will send outcomes within five working days where possible.

Who can apply?
Your organisation must:

  • Demonstrate that they are at risk of no longer trading viably within twelve weeks of the point of application
  • Have been sustainable before Covid-19 and have exhausted all other reasonable options for increasing their resilience
  • Demonstrate how this funding will allow them to return to financial viability (by no later than 31 December 2021)

What organisations can apply for
You can apply for a minimum of £25,000 and up to £3 million if you’re a non-profit organisation or up to £1 million if you’re a for-profit organisation.

Key dates
Thursday 8 July: Permission to Apply requests open
Thursday 15 July: Emergency Resource Support portal opens for applications
Thursday 30 September: Deadline to submit Permission to Apply requests
Thursday 14 October: Emergency Resource Support portal closes for applications

Full guidance and FAQs

Read the full guidance and FAQs for applicants. It includes details on who can apply, what you can apply for, how the application process works, and what ACE is looking for in your application.



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