This fund is to support arts organisations working in the not-for-profit sector in Wales who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to loss of income, as well as cashflow pressures resulting from the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority will be those organisations facing the most immediate and acute financial challenges.

Funding can be used to cover:

  • Activity intended to prevent your organisation from ceasing operation due to the financial impact of COVID‑19 emergency
  • the development and delivery of new activity not previously proposed and specifically designed to be achievable during the next six months

Our nation‑wide network of arts organisations are at the heart of cultural life across Wales.  Some organisations are members of our Arts Portfolio Wales, reflecting the year‑round nature of their activities. However, many more outside the Portfolio also play a critical role in providing opportunities for us to enjoy and take part in the arts. 

Arts Portfolio Wales organisations and organisations outside the Portfolio will be able to apply for support.

However, support to members of the Arts Portfolio Wales (APW) will be limited to those who meet qualifying criteria and funding thresholds. 

These criteria include:

  • the extent to which APW organisations will be able to take advantage of some, or all, of the support packages offered by the UK and Welsh Governments
  • the level of current Arts Council grant‑in‑aid funding as a proportion of organisations’ overall income

The fund opens for applications from:

Tuesday 21 April 2020 until Friday 8 May 2020

We hope to be able to make decisions within 4 weeks of the deadline.

The closing date for applications is May 8, 2020. However, in exceptional circumstances including higher than anticipated demand, we may need to close the application process early.

What to do if you’re unable to accept money from the National Lottery

If you’re unable to accept lottery funding for any reasons, please upload a letter with your application explaining why this is the case. If your application is successful, we will try and fund your project from money we receive from other sources.


British Sign Language

If you’d like to ask us any questions via BSL, we’d be happy to arrange a video call at a time that suits us all. Contact us at grants@arts.wales for more information.

Have a question?

We recognise the value to applicants of giving applicants as long as possible to prepare their applications and have set the deadline as 5pm on 8th May in order to do this. As this is a Public Holiday however we will only be able to respond to queries directly to the enquirer that are submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 6th May. All queries should be sent to the grants@arts.wales email address. 

As usual we recommend applicants submit prior to the deadline in case of any difficulties (particularly if you have not used our online systems before).


This fund is now closed.