Funding For Artists

A variety of funding sources that are available for artists at this time

a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money


Deadline: May 7th 2020

Applications are now open for a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money – an emergency response fund to support artists and arts organisers to enable them to continue their professional practice at this critical time. a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of £500 – £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19. Applications are encouraged from artists working in all visual arts disciplines that reflect innovative and ambitious thinking, and arts organisers such as art handlers, technicians, art installers, conservators and restorers, and those who work with artists in the production of their work and exhibitions.

The Axisweb Hardship Fund


Deadline: August 1st 2020

In light of the uncertainty artists face due to the coronavirus pandemic, Axisweb have introduced a fund to help their members facing significant financial hardship and who are unable to work, disabled, a carer, on low income or freelance.As a small independent charity that does not receive public funding, they have initially made available a total fund of £5,000. Each week for five weeks we will distribute 10 x £100 awards. To apply you must be an Axisweb member.

Arts Council Emergency Response Fund


Deadline: Round 1 – 16th April Round 2 – 30th April

£20 million is being made available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. Download the Application Form which has been created as a Word document to give you the chance to draft your application offline before you enter it into Grantium.

Please note – they will not accept this document as an application form.

To submit your application, you will need to paste the answers to the questions into the online form on Grantium.

There will be two rounds of this fund.  You can apply to only one of these rounds.

Round one opened for applications on 9 April 2020  and closed at 12pm (midday) 16 April.

Round two opened for applications on 16 April 2020 and applicants will need to register on Grantium by 27 April in order to make an application before the deadline of 30 April.

So you will need to make sure you are registered on Grantium by 13 April if you want to apply for Round one or 27 April if you want to apply for round two.

Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS)


Deadline: June 30th 2020

The Artists’ Collecting Society (ACS) Studio Prize 2020 is offering an artist the chance to receive £4500 to contribute to the cost of an artist’s studio in the UK. The Studio Prize was established by ACS in 2017 to help artists with the costs of rising studio rents. It recognises the need for studio space and financial stability for emerging artists at the pivotal stage of beginning their careers.The Prize is open to all final-year Fine Art undergraduate and postgraduate students. Artists who have graduated from a Fine Art course within the past four years are also invited to apply.

Additional Funding Sources

Outside of the emergency funds, you may also want to look at the opportunities available on

A hardship fund set up specifically for artists in the South West is currently taking donations on Go Fund Me

Visual Arts South West have also put together a set of useful emergency funding links and support documents to help you at the moment


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