ACS Studio Prize 2020

Grants, Funding and Resources Available Now
April 8, 2020
With galleries and auction houses closing and exhibitions being postponed, due to the financial uncertainty of COVID-19, ACS had compiled a list of helpful resources currently available for the arts and creative industries.

From financial support for individual artists, to grants, bursaries and prizes, we hope this will help our members during the current time of uncertainty.


Arts Council England (ACE)


ACE is making £160 million of emergency funding  available  for those organisations and individuals who will need it during the current situation. They have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of ACE funding.


Funding for individuals


Specifically for individual artists, creative practitioners and freelancers, ACE are making £20 million of financial support available, to help individuals better sustain themselves, and their work, in the coming months. ACE have also published an in depth guide to everything available for individuals and the self-employed.


HMRC Self-employment Income Support Scheme


Grants are available through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme. This scheme allows you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months, if you are a self-employed individual.


Coventry 2021 Coronavirus Resilience Fund


The fund has been set up to support arts organisations and individual artists to help them through the period of uncertainty created by the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. Maximum grant size is £1,000 for organisations and £500 for individuals.


Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary


Creative Scotland has launched a fund for individual artists and self-employed people in Scotland who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to coronavirus Covid-19. One-off bursaries of £500 to £2500 are available.


ACS Studio Prize 2020


ACS is proud to be continuing its Studio Prize in 2020, awarding a student or recent graduate £4,500 to cover the rental costs of a studio space in a UK city of their choice. As with previous years, it is free to enter the ACS Studio Prize. There are no physical entries of artwork or any need to deliver artwork anywhere, the full application process is online. Applications close 30 Jun 2020.


The Art Newspaper


The Art Newspaper have released a new podcast exploring the effects of the pandemic on art communities and discussing the different support packages in the UK, Germany and the US.
Produced in association with Bonhams.

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