About the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund (Capital) for the Arts

  • This is a fund for arts organisations based in Wales (both profit and not for profit) 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.
  • You can apply for a non-repayable grant of up to £50,000 towards one‑off capital expenditure.
  • Many organisations are affected by COVID-19. But it’s important that funds are given to those in the most urgent need. We’d therefore ask you to think carefully about whether you need to make an application at this time.
  • This is primarily a rescue and recovery package, but it also presents an opportunity to help deliver transformational change to the reach and impact of the arts. You’ll be expected to sign up to a new ‘Cultural Contract’ to encourage new ways of working and ensure greater diversity in the management, workforce and programming of your organisation.
  • Organisations supported through this fund will be expected to demonstrate a forward-looking commitment to the principles of the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015.
  • All funding from this Fund is discretionary with competition likely for the available funds. Submitting an application does not guarantee all or some of the money you require.
  • The process is intended to be ‘light-touch’ and quick. We’re aiming to turn around applications within 6 weeks of the closing dates. If the number of applications we receive means that this isn’t achievable, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
  • After March 2021 you’ll be required to submit a short Completion Report confirming how the funds were used. This Completion Report will trigger any final payment of your award. You’ll also be required to report on how you have met the ‘Cultural Contract’ later in 2021.
  • The budget for this Fund is £2m Capital. It is part of the Welsh Government’s overall Cultural Recovery Fund 2020/21 of £53 million.

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting an application.


A new concept in this application is the ‘Cultural Contract’. This is a series of principles that we are asking every applicant to sign up to in order to show your commitment to change. It’s not a document containing targets that we can share with you to sign, rather an opportunity for you to tell us how you will work towards these principles. It’s a key part of the application so take time to look at it and provide us with specifics about what you are going to do.

We are committed to making information available in large print, braille, audio, Easy Read and British Sign Language and will endeavour to provide information in languages other than Welsh or English on request.


This fund is now closed.