We’re working hard to help people through the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. You can find all our coronavirus related news updates listed at the bottom of this page.

Watch the latest update from Arts Council of Wales Chief Executive Nick Capaldi here (including information on the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund, Welsh Government guidelines for resuming activity, our Investment Review
and Lottery funding):


The urgent response

In April 2020, together with the Welsh Government, we reallocated money from existing budgets to create an urgent response fund of £7 million. This fund was called the Arts Resilience FundWe also changed the funding requirements for those individuals and organisations who have already received funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we could.

Cultural Recovery Fund

In July 2020, the Welsh Government announced a Cultural Recovery Fund of £53 million. These funds will be jointly administered by the Welsh Government and us, the Arts Council of Wales.

Of the £53m total, the Arts Council of Wales have been allocated £25.5m of revenue funding and £2m of capital. 

The funds managed by us are for arts organisations who have been affected by Covid‑19 and who are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond.

The Arts Council of Wales are managing funds for:

  • theatres, arts centres and concert halls
  • galleries
  • organisations producing and touring arts activity
  • organisations providing participatory arts activity

The Welsh Government are managing funds for:

  • grass roots music venues
  • heritage sites
  • local museums, libraries and archive services
  • events and festivals
  • independent cinemas
  • individual freelance creative professionals

Our Fund is now closed but you can find out if you're eligible for Welsh Government funding hereThis will indicate the appropriate route for organisations to apply to. Therefore, we would urge you to check your details against this Eligibility Checker to ensure you have applied to the correct fund for your circumstances.

In the event you are directed though the Eligibility Checker to apply to Welsh Government, you will then have time to do so before its application deadline. Please advise us if this is the case and withdraw your application to the Arts Council accordingly as you should not apply for funding from both funds. This will ensure funds are distributed through the correct channels.  If you want to withdraw your application to us, please email us at grants@arts.wales and include the reference number of your application which begins with 2020XXXX.

Want to look back at the guidelines for our Cultural Recovery Fund? Choose from the following options:

Do you have a question about our current funding? Send us a message at grants@arts.wales


The timeline so far

Tuesday 14 April 2020
We launched the first round of applications to a new fund offering support to individuals facing immediate financial difficulty and hardship – our Urgent Response Fund for Individuals.   

Tuesday 21 April 2020
We opened for applications to a further scheme – a Stabilisation Fund for Organisations.

Friday 29 May 2020
We opened for applications to a Stabilisation Fund for Individuals.

Thursday 30 July 2020
Welsh Government announce Cultural Recovery Fund of £53 million. Details are currently being finalised.

Monday 17 August 2020
Arts Council of Wales opens its Wales Cultural Recovery Fund for applications.


Already received coronavirus support funding from us?

We are currently evaluating our Arts Resilience Fund content and process, to inform our support going forward. Please take part in our survey so that we can use your feedback to make sure we’re providing the right kind of information, guidance and support during these difficult times.

Alternative sources of funding

The UK and Welsh Governments are both offering support to those most in need. Read more about the funds available here.