£25m Weston Culture Fund open to applications for one-off Covid lifeline

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The Weston Culture Fund will offer cultural institutions with a pre-Covid annual income of more than £500,000 support in the form of grants ranging from £100,000 to £2 million.

In recognition of the dire situation many cultural organisations find themselves in after months of enforced closure, the Garfield Weston Foundation has decided to provide emergency grants as a “one-off” measure to support the creative industries through this unprecedented time.

Applications are now open and will remain so for just over a month, closing at 5pm on 9th November.

Award deliberations will then be made throughout the remainder of the year, with all applicants being notified of final funding decisions by 31st January 2021.

Are you eligible?

To be considered for support your organisation must:

  • demonstrate a minimum annual income of £500,000 in pre-Covid year
  • be a registered charity, CIO or exempt organisation registered with the Charity Commission and operating within the UK
  • operate within the performing, visual and literary arts (this includes arts centres, independent cinemas, DCMS sponsored museums and galleries, and accredited museums and galleries or those working towards accreditation that are not run by local authorities)

If you are unsure about eligilbity, the Foundation has shared a quiz designed to answer any queries. Applications can be started by registering here.