We’re working hard to help people through the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. You can find all our coronavirus related news updates listed at the bottom of this page. Covid-19 restrictions mean that Arts Council of Wales staff are currently working from home in accordance with Welsh Government guidelines.  As with other organisations, many of our staff have caring and home-schooling responsibilities.  Please do bear with us if we’re not immediately available to respond to you. We are committed to maintaining a high standard of service in spite of the Covid challenges and we will respond to enquiries as quickly as we can.

Watch the latest update from Arts Council of Wales Chief Executive Nick Capaldi here (including information on the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund, Welsh Government guidelines for resuming activity, our Investment Review
and Lottery funding):


The urgent response

In April 2020, together with the Welsh Government, we reallocated money from existing budgets to create an urgent response fund of £7 million. This fund was called the Arts Resilience FundWe also changed the funding requirements for those individuals and organisations who have already received funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we could.

Cultural Recovery Fund

In July 2020, the Welsh Government announced a Cultural Recovery Fund of £53 million. These funds will be jointly administered by the Welsh Government and us, the Arts Council of Wales.

Of the £53m total, the Arts Council of Wales have been allocated £25.5m of revenue funding and £2m of capital. 

In March 2021, the Welsh Government announced that the Cultural Recovery Fund would be extended, with up to £30m to support Wales’ diverse culture sector through the ongoing pandemic. 

The funds managed by us are for arts organisations who have been affected by Covid‑19 and who are trying to sustain themselves until they can resume publicly accessible activity in 2021 and beyond.

The Arts Council of Wales are managing funds for:

  • theatres, arts centres and concert halls
  • galleries
  • organisations producing and touring arts activity
  • organisations providing participatory arts activity

The Welsh Government are managing funds for:

  • grass roots music venues
  • heritage sites
  • local museums, libraries and archive services
  • events and festivals
  • independent cinemas
  • individual freelance creative professionals

Cultural Recovery Fund 1 is now closed but Cultural Recovery Fund 2 will open on 6 April 2021. You can identify the appropriate route for you to follow so that you can apply for funding by using this Welsh Government Eligibility Checker to check on the route you should follow to access the correct fund for your circumstances.

We will only be handling applications from organisations (not invididuals).  

  • The Application Process will open on the 6th of April and close at 5pm on the 20th of April. 
  • If you are eligible to apply to Arts Council of Wales for a grant, and you don't have an online account with us (this means that you don’t have an account on our online grants portal, generally because you haven’t applied for a grant from us before), please register for an account as soon as possible – you don’t have to wait until the fund opens to applications. To apply for an grant portal account please go to https://portal.arts.wales/ 
  • It can take up to five days to register an account and we will not be able to accept late grant applications as a result of the time taken to register for a grants portal account. If you experience any problems please e-mail grants@arts.wales.

We are busy updating our Cultural Recovery Fund guidelines, and they’ll be published on our website as soon as possible

Do you have a question about our current funding? Send us a message at grants@arts.wales


The timeline so far

Tuesday 14 April 2020
We launched the first round of applications to a new fund offering support to individuals facing immediate financial difficulty and hardship – our Urgent Response Fund for Individuals.   

Tuesday 21 April 2020
We opened for applications to a further scheme – a Stabilisation Fund for Organisations.

Friday 29 May 2020
We opened for applications to a Stabilisation Fund for Individuals.

Thursday 30 July 2020
Welsh Government announce Cultural Recovery Fund of £53 million. 

Monday 17 August 2020
Arts Council of Wales opens its Wales Cultural Recovery Fund for applications.

Monday 22 March 2021
Welsh Government announce Cultural Recovery Fund of £30 million.

Tuesday 6 April 2021                                                                                     Arts Council of Wales opens its Wales Cultural Recovery Fund 2 for applications.

Already received coronavirus support funding from us?

We are currently evaluating our Arts Resilience Fund content and process, to inform our support going forward. Please take part in our survey so that we can use your feedback to make sure we’re providing the right kind of information, guidance and support during these difficult times.

Alternative sources of funding

The UK and Welsh Governments are both offering support to those most in need. Read more about the funds available here.