Culture and heritage sector organisations and self-employed workers are able to apply for support from the Welsh Government as of 16 September.
Venues, recording and rehearsal studios, heritage organisations, museums, libraries, events organisers and technical support companies, independent cinemas and publishers can bid for a share of £18.5m. Grants up to £10,000 can be accessed quickly for smaller organisations while support of up to £150,000 will require a more detailed process. The applications procedure is open until 2 October 2020.
A further £7m has been set aside to support Wales’ estimated 12,800 freelance individuals in the creative sector whose income has been badly affected by the pandemic emergency. This fund will be open for applications until 5 October 2020.
According to Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, ‘We recognise the massive and unprecedented challenges the pandemic is having on the very fabric of Welsh life and we applaud the resilience and creativity of these sectors. We have worked with the sector in order to deliver this funding, the eligibility tracker means that we can now move to process applications at pace to ensure that these organisations can access funding as quickly as possible.’
The Welsh government’s funding eligibility checker can be found here.