The Urgent Response Fund is for freelance creative practitioners who are experiencing financial hardship/loss of income now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is short‑term emergency funding to enable individuals to survive financially and artistically.

The Fund helps individuals to meet their most urgent financial needs while they explore the potential help available from Government schemes or from other ways of sustaining their activities. 

This fund includes financial support from the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Tŷ Cerdd, Literature Wales and the Freelands Foundation.

What to do if you’re unable to accept money from the National Lottery

If you’re unable to accept lottery funding for any reasons, please upload a letter with your application explaining why this is the case. If your application is successful, we will try and fund your project from money we receive from other sources.

You should only apply for this fund if you have no alternative source of income.

You can find out more about the support being offered by the UK and Welsh Governments here.


What is the Urgent Response Fund?

A grant of up to £2,500.  There’s no minimum level of support.

There are two funding rounds.

Round one

Opens for applications on Tuesday 14 April 2020 and applicants will need to have submitted an online application no later than the deadline of 5pm on Monday 20 April.

Round two

Opens for applications on Tuesday 28 April 2020 and applicants will need to have submitted an online an application no later than the deadline of 5pm Wednesday 6 May 2020.

However, in exceptional circumstances including higher than anticipated demand, we may need to close the application process early.


If you’d like to ask us any questions via BSL, we’d be happy to arrange a video call at a time that suits us all. Contact us at grants@arts.wales for more information.


This fund is now closed.