About the Wales Cultural Recovery Fund 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 £1.5 million to support your activities until September 2021.
  • 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 should make an application at this time.
  • This is a rescue and recovery package related specifically to the impact of COVID-19. However, it also presents an opportunity to help deliver transformational change to the reach and impact of the publicly funded arts. You’ll be expected to sign up to the ‘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 date. If the number of applications we receive means that this isn’t achievable, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
  • After September 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’ in 2022.
  • It is part of the Welsh Government’s overall Cultural Recovery Fund 2 of up to £30 million.

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting an application.

Please remember that we cannot provide funding towards any ongoing arts activity via this grant.  It is not a projector Research & Development fund.  It is an emergency fund to help organisations stay afloat and including arts activity could risk the success of your application. We need to restrict activity in order that we can fund as many organisations as possible.

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. 


The fund opens on 6 April. 

If you are eligible, and you don't have an an online account with us, please register for one as soon as possible on the link below. It could take up to five days to register an account and we will not be able to accept late applications.

PLEASE NOTE: If your organisation has applied to us previously, you will be sent a redeem code to register on the new system. This will be sent to the address for your organisation’s primary contact on our old system. Please don’t try to register before you receive this code, and if you don’t receive one please contact us grants@arts.wales.

Please remember to allow up to 5 days for us to validate your organisation’s registration on the new system if you haven’t applied to us before.

If you experience any difficulties with your application or registration, then please e-mail grants@arts.wales so that we can help you swiftly. We welcome any feedback.

Applications close 5:00pm 20 April 2021.