Resource Directory for Covid-19

Covid-19 Funding and Resource Directory

We've pulled together an A-Z of funding and resources available to those in the creative community, who have been affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This information was accurate at the time of writing but please note that some details may be subject to change due to the current situation.

We welcome any suggestions, amendments and improvements to these listings. If there is something you think we should include, get in touch.



Absnet - Architects Benevolent Society

The Architects Benevolent Society is dedicated to helping architects, assistants, technologists, technicians, landscape architects - and their families – in times of need. They help people of all ages who have experienced illness, accident, redundancy, unemployment, bereavement or other personal difficulties. Their support ranges from confidential advice to financial assistance.


ACAS work with millions of employers and employees every year to improve workplace relationships. They are an independent public body that receives funding from the government. Includes advice on sick pay, home working, short-time working.

Actors Benevolent Fund

The ABF is considering applications from professional actors, actresses and stage managers who have contracted Covid-19, or are self-isolating, once the individual has applied for Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance. They are unable to consider applications from individuals yet to apply for either of these benefits.

Agar Trust

The Agar Trust supports young people (8-21) resident in rural Scotland who demonstrate exceptional musical ability and potential and wish to further their musical education beyond their local area.

Anderson Strathern

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation’s principle objectives are to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit.

Covid-19 Support for Beneficiaries

Arts & Business Scotland

COVID-19 - Sources of Advice and Information from Arts & Business Scotland.

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The UKRI Coronavirus Hub gives the latest information on the vital work of UKRI and the community in response to the crisis.

Arts Marketing Association

Advice and resources including running two free webinars, open to members and non-members alike – Preparing Your Crisis Communications Plan and Wellbeing for You & Your Team.

Art Fund

Specific support for the Art Fund museum network and grant holders on impacts of Covid-19. Art Fund will be working to support its museum network and grant holders during this challenging time. Their usual funding routes remain open.

A-N The Artists Information Company

Support and advice from across the arts sector, plus wider government and NHS guidance, following the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.

Arts Council England

The latest ACE guidance from government on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for their funded organisations and projects.

Arts Council of Wales

The latest ACW guidance from government on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for their funded organisations and projects.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The latest ACNI guidance from government on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for their funded organisations and projects.


A charity supporting performing arts professionals experiencing emotional stress and mental health challenges. ArtsMinds is a collaborative initiative from BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine).

Asda Foundation

How to apply to their C19 Fund.

Association of Independent Music

The Audience Agency

Covid-19 Resource Hub: A hub for practical advice, free long-term planning resources, offers and support services, opportunities, good reads and some light relief.

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Baillie Gifford

COVID-19 update: Business as usual despite home working.

Bands For Hire

Free Covid-19 Risk Assessment generator for Bands & Musicians.

Bank of Scotland Foundation

Coronavirus update: The Bank of Scotland Foundation makes assurance that payments will be made on time and that terms will be flexible.

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need are working with a number of UK Funders to take a collaborative approach to supporting vulnerable children and young people in communities across the UK.


Specific COVID-19 advice for members, including information for freelancers working in film and TV and workers in theatre, live events and the arts.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig

Many of the activities funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and delivered by partners across the country will be subject to cancellation, alteration or re-scheduling over the coming months. No changes have been announced relating to the funds themselves.

Breathing Space Scotland

Free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.

0800 83 85 87 (Open 6pm Friday to 6am Monday and 6pm to 2am Monday to Thursday).

British Council Arts

The British Council Arts Team outline their support during Covid-19 via this Twitter thread.

British Film Institute

The BFI has compiled a COVID-19: screen sector Q&A which sets out information and guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on the screen sector at large.

In partnership with The Film and TV Charity, they have created a new COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund. Established with a £1m donation from Netflix, the new fund will provide emergency short-term relief to active workers and freelancers in the UK who have been directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The new BFI COVID-19 Production Continuation Fund has made up to £2m available to independent British productions interrupted by COVID-19.

Burness Paull

Coronavirus job retention scheme - Guidance note.

Business Debt Line

Business Debtline offer free, impartial and confidential debt advice to small businesses and the self-employed.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic wellbeing of Scotland by providing access to free business support services. Here they provide a list of free business resources that may be useful to you at this time.


Calouste Gulbenkian

The Foundation remains committed to supporting partners during this challenging period.

Cashback for Communities

CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme which takes money seized from criminals under the proceeds of crime legislation and invests them in our future – our young people.

Currently no update on Coronavirus has been provided.

Charity Excellence Framework

Built by the sector, for the sector. The free, easy to use, online health-check, COVID19 funder database and huge resource base, give you everything you need to respond to the crisis, in one place.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Read their advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) and what it means for you.

Clore Duffield Foundation

The Clore Duffield Foundation is a grant-making charity which supports cultural learning, the creation of learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training, and enhancing Jewish life.

Regarding Covid-19, they say "We know that this is a difficult time for all our grantees. If we have requested update reports or new applications from you we will understand if these cannot be submitted on time because staff are sick or unavailable, just let us know by email: We will do our best to honour payments due to grantees."

Clothworkers Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Foundation was set up by The Clothworkers’ Company in 1977. Since then it has awarded capital grants totalling more than £140 million.

They award capital grants to charities registered in the UK and to not-for-profit organisations which can demonstrate that they work across one or more of their defined programme areas. They also award non-capital grants through their Proactive and Regular Grants Programmes, which are not open to applications.

Regarding Covid-19, they say "We recognise that many of our grantees are facing increased and unprecedented difficulties due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Over the coming weeks, we intend to work with other funders and our membership bodies to discuss how we can support the sector during this period."

Clothworkers Capital Programme - The Clothworkers’ Emergency Capital Programme will award small capital grants of up to £5,000 for essential capital items to adapt or increase services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to organisations supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups which fall within their programme areas. The Emergency Capital Fund programme has now been suspended.

Community Shares Scotland

Community Shares Scotland supports enterprises, promotes good practice and raises awareness.

Currently no update on Coronavirus has been provided.

The Cross Trust

The Cross Trust is a charitable body giving grants to young Scots, with awards made to both individuals and organisations.

Currently no update on Coronavirus has been provided.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Government-backed loans and other financial support up to £5m provided by the British Business Bank via participating lenders. Interest-free for first 12 months.

COVID-19 Freelance Artists Resource

A list specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community.

Covid Culture

ArtsProfessional provides news and updates on how Covid-19 is affecting the arts and cultural sector.

Craft Council

Craft Council have created a resource providing top tips for live streaming craft.

Craft Scotland

Craft Scotland have created A Maker's Guide to Coronavirus and list of resources to help prepare your craft business for the months ahead and are keeping it regularly updated.

Creative Europe

CTEEA Committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee wants to hear your views at this challenging time. They are keen to understand your concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on people, organisations and businesses in the culture and tourism sectors. If you consider it to be appropriate, the Committee would also welcome your direct experiences of the impact of COVID-19 upon your organisation and the response of the Scottish Government and UK Government to that.

Culture & Business Fund Scotland

The Culture & Business Fund Scotland enables businesses and arts or heritage organisations to come together and build effective, sustainable partnerships, bringing creative projects – large and small – vividly to life.

Culture Counts

Culture Counts collaborates with the sector to provide guidance to decision makers in Government and Parliament about how to achieve sustainable development goals through culture. They are continuing to track the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on Scotland’s cultural sector. Completing their survey will help them to communicate the needs of the sector to decision-makers in government and parliament.

Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Coronavirus related resources for practitioners and organisations.

Culture of Solidarity Fund

The Fund is looking to support imaginative cultural initiatives - big or small - that reinforce solidarity and the notion of Europe as a shared public space in response to the current crisis and its aftershocks. It is open to individuals, collectives and organisations from all sectors and civil society at large with initiatives and ideas. Grants available from €5,000 - €50,000.

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Dance Fund

Financial grants to dance professionals of all ages. To be eligible for funding you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have three years of professional dance performance, teaching or choreography in the UK
  • Be a practising, former or retired dance professional; or in certain circumstances, be a dependent of a dance professional
  • Be in receipt of all the state benefits you are entitled to at the time of applying
  • Have individual savings of less than £6,000 if of working age, or £16,000 if retired
  • Have no other significant means of support e.g. from a partner or from capital assets

Dewer Arts Awards

Update on Covid-19: Core work will continue, and applications will continue to be processed

Disability Arts

Disability Arts Online announces new commissions for disabled artists.

DM Thomas Foundation

Dedicated to helping disabled, sick and disadvantaged young people and children (from 0-25) to transform their lives.

Doctors of the World

Coronavirus guidance in a variety of languages.



General advice relating to coronavirus for Equity members, including financial support.

Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust

The Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust is seeking guidance and advice to create a bespoke support scheme for youth music education across Scotland while the lockdown continues. More information.

The Emergency Art Workers Support Fund

In response to the uncertainty and loss of work caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Visual Arts Scotland has initiated the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF), a temporary relief fund that aims to support Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19. This fund’s aim is to ensure micro grants will go to individuals who have no other current financial support or savings, who are facing an immediate loss of income from their creative freelance work, to help cover losses incurred by cancelled or postponed work in recent weeks.


Covid-19: Information and resources.

Entertainers Worldwide

Entertainers Worldwide has assembled a list of articles to support entertainment professionals who need to deal with current bookings, cancelling & rescheduling future events, managing finances, looking after your wellbeing and taking action to protect the industry.

Ernest Cook Trust

Coronavirus update: We will honour all grants already committed. However, in light of the current emergency our previously published grant ‘streams’ are now suspended. We are considering how funds might be redirected to ensure that we are able to support priority needs.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations that are building an inclusive, creative and sustainable society. They are currently closed to new applications so that we can concentrate support on the organisations they already fund.

European Film Agencies

Measures taken by EFAD members to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Federation of Scottish Theatre

Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for the professional dance, opera and theatre sector in Scotland.

FST have launched a new, light-touch online CPD bursary for members so that you can use this period to update relevant skills via online training.

Fidelio Charitable Trust

Fidelio welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts particularly for Music, including Opera, Lieder, Composition and Dance.

Film and TV Charity COVID Help and Advice

The Film and TV Charity offer people a lift when they’re facing personal and career challenges, from illness and injury to unemployment, relationship breakdown and bereavement.

General advice has been issued to those working within the sector, while a new fund has been launched, focussing on people in immediate financial distress.

Scotland-specific one-stop-online-shop for business support, offering guidance on how to prepare and manage your business for the impact of the coronavirus.

Foundation Scotland

Coronavirus update: Please continue with grant applications.

Foyle Foundation

The Trustees of the Foyle Foundation are keeping their grant-making under constant review given the constantly changing and fast moving coronavirus situation.

Freelance artists info

An enormous list of resources and links supporting freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers.

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Garfield Weston Foundation

Coronavirus update from Garfield Weston Foundation - "As the situation around Covid-19 continues to evolve, we appreciate that understanding is important for you as our society navigates uncertainty, disruption and unexpected financial pressures. Please let us reassure you that we are offering flexibility to those we fund."

Glasgow Council for Voluntary Services

The Goldsmiths' COVID-19 Fund

The Goldsmiths' Company - "Providing a safety net and protection to jewellers, silversmiths and those working in the allied industries in the UK during the COVID-19 crisis is our top priority. Individual jewellers and silversmiths can now apply for grants and loans to get through the crisis."

Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust

Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust - "We ask our self-employed, professional Scottish traditional musicians who have limited savings and require some financial assistance, at this time in our history, to consider applying for our GDMT 2020 PERFORMANCE AWARD. We anticipate high demand for this fund and so we ask that you only apply if you are really struggling to make ends meet over the next few weeks and don’t have significant savings to tide you over. We are a small charity with limited funds so we have a ceiling on how much we can assist. Successful applicants will receive an award of £250."


Help Musicians UK

Many musicians may be fearful of the implications Covid-19 could have on their own health and their performance and teaching commitments, which in turn might have an impact on a range of issues, including finances and mental health.

To help you gather useful information and find sources of support, you will find information here about:

  • Where to check for the latest advice on Coronavirus
  • How Help Musicians may be able to support you
  • Signposting to other organisations who may be able to offer support and advice.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Coronavirus update: We remain open for business for both grant recipients and those of you looking to apply. We are fully operational and open for business and will continue to support you whether you’re a grant recipient or currently liaising with our team about developing your project or grant application’

Historic Environment Scotland

Coronavirus update: We are aware that many of our grantees will be affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Our grants team remains in place, and we encourage you to get in touch if you are encountering difficulties or consider your organisation to be at risk.


HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus.

0800 0159 559 and or visit the website for further information.

Hollywood Trust

Coronavirus update: The Holywood Trust has been in contact directly with all organisation grant recipients regarding this unprecedented and difficult time.

The Trust recognises that Coronavirus will have a significant impact on individuals, communities and charities throughout Dumfries and Galloway. In many instances, charities and community groups will be even more crucial than ever in providing practical and emotional support and helping to tackle isolation.

Hope Scott Trust

Coronavirus update: We have been closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation. Our priority is to act responsibly to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our clients, employees, and contacts as well as continuing to deliver our legal, property and tax services.  Our Business Continuity system is robust, and a number of measures have already been taken as part of our response.


Idlewild Trust

Idlewild Trust is an independent grant-making trust that supports conservation and the arts.

Impact Funding Partners

Coronavirus update: We will be working with our funding partners to support organisations, and take a flexible approach to reporting. Please contact staff in Impact Funding Partners by email in the first instance if you need further information or wish to discuss any concerns.

The Inches Carr Trust

Charitable foundation that provides financial support in the fields of:

  • Young musicians, particularly on piano and organ
  • Contemporary craft work in Scotland
  • Late 19th century and early 20th century Art, particularly the Arts and Crafts Movement

Incorporated Society of Musicians

Free legal advice to members.

Independent Arts Projects

A useful Scottish digest of advice and support for arts workers.

Independent Theatre Council

Information for members but there is publicly available information on their site regarding contracts, cancellations, contingency planning etc.

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)

IFACCA are the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies - the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture, with member institutions in over 70 countries. They provide information on the respective responses to COVID 19 from arts bodies across the globe.

IPSE – the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed

Advice for self-employed, freelancers and clients.


Jerwood Arts

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting outstanding UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. They collaborate with organisations across art forms to imagine a more sustainable sector.

Just Enterprise

Just Enterprise are working with partners across Scotland to support social enterprises at this challenging time. You will likely be facing both a loss of trading income and an increase in demand for services. This support is designed to help you understand your options as you move forward. Check out the Useful Links section to find out more on the support packages available to you.


Law At Work

Law at Work Coronavirus Employers Resource Centre provides helpful information and guidance on a wide range of employment matters including the JRS and returning to work. The resource centre is updated regularly to reflect the changing situation.

Leche Trust

The Leche Trust is a registered, grant-making charity. The Trustees' grants programme supports projects in two areas: performing arts and conservation. Please read our detailed Funding Guidelines carefully before making an application.

Leverhulme Trust

The Trust is aware of two issues currently affecting the UK research community: COVID-19 and industrial action by UCU members.

These issues are evolving and may affect academic activities funded by Leverhulme. The Trust will continue to take its usual pragmatic approach, and will allow reasonable changes to budget lines and/or no-cost extensions to grants, to enable grant holders to manage their research in the best way for their circumstances.

Life Changes Trust

Life Changes Trust Keep Well Fund offers grants to young people with care experience in Scotland to support with the impact of Covid-19 and the social changes that have come with it.

Live Art Development Agency UK

This resource is one of LADA’s ongoing projects that responds directly to the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to gather information to support artists and arts workers affected by the viral outbreak. We want to remain a resource for our community and hope this list will be of use to those in this time of crisis.

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Make Support

A programme of resources, advice sessions, commissions and micro-grants to support makers in Scotland, delivered in partnership with Applied Arts Scotland and in association with Craft Scotland.

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

A small Foundation with funds from the royalties generated by performances, broadcasts and publication of the works of composer Michael Tippett.

Mickel Fund

The Mickel Fund is Registered Scottish Chartiable Trust, founded by Douglas W Mickel in the 1970s, with the sole purpose of improving the lives of others through charitable donations in and around Scotland, and where possible on a global scale.


Advice on coronavirus and your mental wellbeing.

Money Saving Expert

This guide providing broad steer on how coronavirus affects your finances – with specific guidance on the self employed.

Morrisons Foundation

The Morrisons Foundation supports charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales. They award grants for charity projects and match fund the money that Morrisons colleagues raise for their chosen charities.

My World of Work

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Job Hub.

Museums Galleries Scotland

Coronavirus update: MGS is offering flexibility around project timescales and how funding is used, and will continue channelling funding toward the sector.

Music for All

Music for All is committed to promoting and supporting the life changing benefits of music making.

Music Nairn

Music Nairn is a longstanding and well supported society. Musicians of the highest calibre, many with international reputations, perform at our concerts.

Music Minds Matter

Emotional support, advice and information for anyone in the music business.

Musicians Union

Music Venues Trust

MVT is offering sector support for Grassroots Music Venues (GMVs) to try and sustain them through the impacts of COVID-19.


National Benevolent Charity

Providing help to those in financial need. For over 200 years The National Benevolent Charity has given assistance to people who have fallen into poverty because of sickness, disability, age or another reason.

National Debtline

An independent charity providing free debt advice by phone and online to people across the UK.

National Lottery Community Fund

The Fund has decided that all funding award decisions made will be focussed on responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards process will also be faster, recognising the need to respond quickly to people who are in real need.

The Fund also has a dedicated COVID page for regular updates.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK.

National Youth Arts Trust

Grant music bursariesdance bursaries and drama bursaries, up to £1,000 each, to talented young people aged 12-25 who can’t afford to access opportunities in the arts. A bursary typically pays for a year’s part time dance, music or drama classes, and it can be used to cover some other expenses and costs too, including tuition fees at drama school.


Coronavirus update: We will be flexible. We understand that grantees may need to pause or change the work they are doing with us, adjust targets and move payment dates. Nesta programme managers will work with grantees to assess what is possible in the next few weeks, but in the meantime there’s no need to contact us - grantees should just focus their attention on their beneficiaries, their teams and themselves


Covid-19 health information.


On the Move

Coronavirus: Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility.

Outdoor Arts Information, Questions & Advice Forum

This is an information-sharing group for those working in the Outdoor Arts sector in the UK to post information about matters relating to cancellations, contracts, employment, legislation and share questions, ideas, solutions and other ongoing issues as we move through unprecedented times.

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COVID-19 update for indies in the tv/film/broadcasting sector. Latest production advice from the broadcasters, and remote resources from Pact.

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE)

If you’ve been made redundant or are facing redundancy, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) can help. PACE is a Scottish Government initiative, and is a partnership of 23 organisations providing free advice and support to anyone facing redundancy. PACE can help with money and benefits advice, searching and applying for jobs and information on funding. Find out more at or call 0800 917 8000.

People Make it Work

A team of 50 Cultural Leaders who have been helping the UK’s culture sector change and develop for 20 years – have developed a range of organisation development services, tools and resources specifically for these unparalleled times, and they are all free.

The Covid-Response page featuring free expert panels, free daily video insights, free daily surgery sessions and free tools and resources to download.

Playwrights Studio Scotland

COVID-19 Bursary & Projects Programme - For early, mid-career or established professional playwrights. Professional means that you have previously been commissioned, paid for your work or produced your own work in a professional setting.

Precarious Workers - Self Care Checklist 

Self-care checklist for precarious workers.

Princes Trust

PRS Foundation

Current advice to grantees and applicants.

PRS for Music Foundation

An emergency relief fund has been launched for members, while ‘we remain an open, inclusive, accessible and responsive funder of new music and talent development.’

Public Health Scotland

The latest Health information on Coronavirus from Public Health Scotland.


Radcliffe Trust Music Grants

The trust assures grantees of their flexibility in the face of the crisis and welcomes communication with any projects experiencing difficulties.

Ragdoll Foundation

The Ragdoll Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content that reflects the world from a child’s point of view. Through a combination of grant giving and special initiatives.

Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust recognises that the coronavirus outbreak presents an extraordinary challenge to the way our communities currently support one another. We understand that many of our funded organisations will be affected in the weeks and months ahead and have been contacting the organisations we work with to make them aware of the measures we are putting in place to make the months ahead a little easier.

Royal Literary Fund

The Royal Literary Fund is a UK charity that has been helping authors since 1790. It provides grants and pensions to writers in financial difficulty.

Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain

Support for musicians across the UK. The Royal Society has contributed £500,000 to Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Hardship Fund.


Saint Nicholas Care Fund

Offers small grants to organisations that support disadvantaged communities based in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Grants of up to £5,000 can cover a wide range range of activities but must be for a one-off project. They have a preference for small community based initiatives based around the principles of volunteerism and self help.


Scotmid Community Grants

Scotmid’s Community Grant scheme helps deserving causes across Scotland. Apply online for a community grant now by filling out the form. The maximum amount available for a Community Grant is £500.

Scotrail Foundation

Foundation Scotland brings a fresh approach to philanthropy and makes the act of giving effective and rewarding. It reaches all corners of Scotland through grassroots grant making and creates high impact in specific areas through major donations, investments and capital initiatives.

Scottish Artists Benevolent Fund

Information and support for Scottish artists or their dependants who are mainly suffering from old age or ill health.

Scottish Artists Union

Advice for artists including information on working patterns, local and international travel and loss of earnings.

Scottish Documentary Institute

Independent Documentary Filming In the Time of Coronavirus.

Scottish Government

Business helpline number: 0300 303 0660

Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm

Business support including: Small Business Bonus Scheme, Small business rate relief, Charitable rate relief

Supports including how to find out which benefits you can claim, Universal Credit, employment and support allowance

Scottish Music Centre

Covid-19 Advice and Resources for the Scottish Music Sector.

Scottish Music Industry Association

Advice, support and resources for music business practitioners.

Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust

Awards cash grants, offers guidance, and loans bagpipes.

Scottish Welfare Fund

The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes through Crisis Grants and Community Care Grants.

Screen Scotland

Screen Skills

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Useful Resources for Traditional Musicians.


Covid-19 Third Sector Information Hub, SCVO members can access free legal advice.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.


Connecting Scotland's Social Enterprises - Covid-19 Resources.

Shetland Arts Fund

Shetland Charitable Trust is preparing to pay out its core funding grants to local charities and community organisations, which will help keep them going during the coronavirus crisis.

Smallwood Trust

Women’s Resilience Fund - grants and support for women on low incomes who have specific needs and are struggling to make ends meet or trying to overcome financial problems.

The Social Distancing Festival

Global platform for sharing creative practice online.

Social Enterprise Scotland

COVID-19 and social enterprise support: Offering dedicated COVID-19 Third Sector Information Hub, The Scottish Government emergency Third Sector Resilience Fund plus other grant programmes that may be accessed by social enterprises – please consider all available funding schemes before applying.

Social Investment Business

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund - Loans for working capital for business models interrupted by COVID-19.

Social Investment Scotland (SIS)

SIS Briefings: A series of free expert webinars which have been created to help third sector organisations with the challenges they are currently facing due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

Society of Authors

Emergency funding for authors affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis.

Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre

The society is directing parties toward relevant funds, providing tools through which they can identify those that are suitable.

The Stage

Coronavirus: breaking news and live updates as the theatre industry responds.

Steel Charitable Foundation

The Trust office is currently closed, but administration is being carried out from home. The next application deadline for the regular grant-giving programme, which can include COVID-19 related grants, is Saturday 31st October 2020.

Step Change

Debt charity / free debt advice.

Stevenston Charitable Trust (Turcan Connell)

The Stevenston Charitable Trust was established in 2000 with the particular aim of supporting the arts, and particularly the art of music, in the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland.

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation

The Trustees welcome applications from charities, CICs and Registered Societies. Grants are provided for projects relating to the following charitable purposes; Education, the visual and performing arts, medical research, the relief of disability and severe illness, the preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance, the accommodation of those in need.

The Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help small to medium sized organisations who are struggling to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 either because of increased demand for their services or loss of income. The fund is targeted at organisations in a critical position.

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Talisman Charity

Reducing UK poverty and hardship.

Tesco Community Fund

Tesco community grants fund thousands of local projects right across the UK. Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.

Tesco Bags of Help Covid Fund

Tesco Bags of Help has set up a new short-term fund to support organisational need in this time of crisis. It will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand. Grants of £500 are available.

Application process closed to the areas listed here.

Theatre Helpline

Theatre Helpline: Call 0800 915 4617/email

Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) is a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. The fund will support organisations that already deliver services and products but find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The primary intention of the fund is to help third sector organisations to stabilise and manage cash flows over this difficult period.


Information on the UK Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Trades House Glasgow

Trades House of Glasgow offers a number of funds for people living in the City of Glasgow and the surrounding areas who are facing financial hardship or other disadvantages.


Variety of funds listed on their site


A list of free resources for freelancers struggling in the UK because of COVID-19 and its widespread affects.


UK Finance

Financial advice to businesses - Banks and other finance providers recognise that the cashflow of small and medium sized businesses may be disrupted by the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The banking and finance industry is committed to supporting viable businesses in continuing to trade while they implement contingency plans.

UK Government

UK Music

Advice following cancellation of SxSW - Following the cancellation of South by South West 2020 due to the coronavirus, the music industry is offering advice to those hit by the decision to cancel the event in Austin, Texas.

UK Theatres Grants Scheme

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

UK Theatre Industry Corona Support

A group dedicated to the Performing Arts industry to share news, tips, advice or anything helpful to do with the Coronavirus.


Funding for union members and employees and their immediate dependents.


Online resource page for disabled artists and freelancers in response to Covid-19.

The Unsigned Guide

Covid-19: Essential advice for musicians and music professionals.

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Virtual Music Directory

Info on livestreaming, virtual panels etc plus calendar of virtual/livestreamed events that artists and music organizations are hosting in the coming months, as alternatives to major festivals like SXSW that are postponed or cancelled. (Calendar is page 16 onwards).

Visual Arts Scotland

In response to the uncertainty and loss of work caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Visual Arts Scotland has initiated the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF), a temporary relief fund that aims to support Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19. Now closed.

Voluntary Arts Creative Network

Voluntary Arts have launched #CreativeNetwork - a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation, the challenges of working from home and what we can do together to make the most of difficult circumstances.


Wellcome Trust

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for grant applicants and grant holders. This page has information for anyone applying for one of our research grants, or who holds a Wellcome grant.

Weir Charitable Trust

Despite being unable to provide emergency financial support through the COVID-19 outbreak the Trust continues to achieve their objective of supporting small community groups and charities across Scotland.

Wesleyn Foundation

Grants and applications to continue as usual, though no physical supporting documents will be accepted.

The William Syson Foundation

The Foundation has brought forward its opening date from September to July in recognition of the exceptional difficulties arts bodies are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Non-profit organisations are invited to apply to The Foundation for help with running costs and capital funding. Individuals can apply for support with fees for short courses and teaching aids for arts projects in schools and the community.

Wingate Foundation

In the current circumstances the Trustees will not be meeting to consider applications for the foreseeable future. Please therefore DO NOT submit new applications for funding at this time.



Covid-19 Coronavirus Resources.


Youth Music Network

Latest Posts/Coronavirus Updates from the UK wide Youth Music Network.