May 2020

Herts Year of Culture 2020

Covid-19 Support

There is a range of funding available at both a local and national level to support organisations and individuals affected by the Coronavirus.  General information on all aspects of the crisis including links to the most up to date Central Government information, can be found via the County Council’s coronavirus pages.

Local Funding

Hertfordshire Community Foundation

Grants of up to £5,000 for groups dealing with the emerging issues in the community caused by the threat of the Covid-19 outbreak.  The scheme has a rolling deadline and decisions will continue to be made while funds are available.

The programme will provide grants to charities and community groups working with those considered to be the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak. Priority for funding will be given to organisations providing services and support to older and vulnerable people as well as those with low and insecure incomes. Applications are also invited from groups applying to support people of all ages with mental health issues.  Local groups are encouraged to work together and joint applications with one application from a lead organisation are welcome.

Hertfordshire County Council Locality Budget

You can apply to your local county councilor directly if you are a local organisation who is offering support to those affected by the coronavirus.

Locally you can find information and support for your organisation via your local Council for Voluntary Service.  You can also find out about volunteering opportunities to support others across the County via #TeamHerts.

Crowdfund Hertfordshire: Small Business Innovation Fund

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Visit Herts are working in partnership to offer small and micro businesses within the tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts and cultural sectors the chance to unlock between £2000 and £5000 in match funding to help overcome the challenges of Covid-19.

The £200,000 Hertfordshire LEP fund will be administered by Visit Herts and delivered through the Crowdfunder Pay it Forward platform. Participating businesses will raise money for their project through pledges from their community and loyal customers. Once a business secures their target through the Crowdfunder campaign, successful applicants will be able to unlock between £2,000 - £5,000 in match-funding from the Crowdfund Hertfordshire: Small Business Innovation Fund.

To qualify, your business will need to be located in Hertfordshire and be a micro or small business primarily operating in tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts or culture sectors. You will need to demonstrate that your business has been affected by Covid-19 and how you would use the funding to adapt your current business to either operate during lockdown, or to adjust to post lockdown measures. You will also need to clearly demonstrate that the adjustments you intend to make will help protect jobs directly within your business.  


National Funding

A summary of funding available to support organisations during the Coronavirus crisis, has been pulled together by Grants Online.

The Arts Council

Arts Council England has released an Emergency Funding Package to support creative and heritage organisations through the Covid-19 crisis which includes £160m of emergency funding to support individuals and organisations.  A range of information and advice can be found on their Covid19 web pages.  The Emergency funding applications process is now closed as of 30 April.  

Sport England

A fund of £195m fund has been identified to help the sports and physical activity sector.  This includes a small grants fund of £20m and a range of other support measures and investments. Further information can be found at their website.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

A range of support is being provided for the heritage sector.  This includes increased advice and support, longer term skills and capacity building initiatives, and a £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund to provide emergency funding for those most in need.   Applications are being accepted for funding from £3,000 to £50,000.  Deadline: 30 June 2020.

The National Lottery Community Fund – COVID-19 Response

The Awards for All England funding programme will remain open to all applications but, for the next six months, will prioritise applications from voluntary and community groups that need help to respond to Covid-19.  Awards for All will prioritise applications from:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

Grants of between £300 to £10,000 will be available to existing grant-holders and is available to help with costs such as running costs, equipment, one-off events, staff and training costs, and transport etc. Applications will be dealt with more quickly than normal and can be made at any time.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.


Funding to Support Music Creators Experiencing Hardship Due to the Coronavirus (UK)

Self-employed, freelance or unemployed music creators experiencing a significant impact on their work, income and ability to complete planned musical activities due to the coronavirus can apply for grants of £750. The PRS Foundation’s Sustaining Creativity Fund offers funding to help emerging music creators adapt and sustain their music in response to the current changing conditions. Funding can be spent on anything that enables them to continue writing, recording and making creative plans during this period of isolation. This includes support to cover lost income and costs such as recording costs, training, equipment and marketing/PR costs. Closing date: 11th May 2020.

Funding to Support the Creative Development of Established Composers

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to established composers in the UK who are at pivotal stages in their career. Support is available through the PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund to help the creative development of up to fifteen talented composers per year who can demonstrate how this kind of funding would support the long-term development of their career and their music in both in the UK and overseas.  The funding can also be used to enable composers adapt to lockdown conditions due to Covid-19.   The deadline for this round is the 28th May 2020.

Music for All Extends Application Deadline to 1st November 2020

Grants of up to £2,500 are available to UK based community groups and schools who would benefit from a “helping hand” to bring music to their community and fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes. The funding which is being made available by the charity Music for All, can be put towards musical instrument costs, workshops/training, using music to break down barriers, providing a variety of educational opportunities as well as helping to find ways to integrate many diverse and minority groups positively into society. Funding of up to £500 is also available to individuals who do not have the means to access musical instruments and lessons.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the deadline for applications has been extended for this bidding round from the 1st July 2020 to the 1st November 2020.

Youth Music Emergency Fund

Youth Music has launched an Emergency Fund for music-making organisations affected by the Coronavirus. Grants of up to £10,000 are available. Through this fund Youth Music aim to prioritise the people and organisations in the most immediate need, and to make quick decisions and payments.  Last Deadline for applications Friday 15th May.


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