Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Phase 2: Freelancer Fund

The Freelancer Fund is a grant to provide financial assistance for freelancers in the cultural sectors that face financial challenges from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

What is available? 

A total of £4m is available to support freelancers across Wales and a one off payment £2,500 is available per individual, to support with immediate cash flow to help through the disrupted period.

Eligibility for the grant

This funding is for cultural and creative subsectors and roles that that been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.

Full and part time freelancers who work in the following key sectors may be eligible for the grant:

  • The Arts
  • Creative Industries
  • Arts and Heritage
  • Events
  • Culture and Heritage

Who is not eligible for this grant

Freelancers that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity with or without support (e.g. architects, graphic and web designers, games designers, IT and software freelancers, etc.) should not apply.

This Fund is also not intended to support freelancers in the sports sector. Welsh Government is working with Sports Wales to discuss support for the sports sector in Wales.

Film, TV, video games, software and other digital entertainment industries

Freelancers who work in film and TV, video games, software and other digital entertainment industries are not the intended recipients of this fund, as these markets are now operating at normal or near normal levels. However some specific roles including those in film & TV may still be affected (e.g. writers / musicians) and can apply for the fund where this impact can be shown to be a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Check if you are eligible and how to apply

Applying for the Freelancer Fund closed at 5pm on Tuesday 1 June 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. 

What happens after applying

We aim to process grant applications within 30 working days of closure of the scheme, however this may be increased in some cases. This timescale may be increased in some circumstances.

An assessment will be made based on your income position for the last 2 years. We will review the following from your income statement on the application form:

  • Income from freelance or salaried work
  • The level of SEISS received
  • Any discretionary grants received

A prioritisation will be made, with those that have received zero or no SEISS or other public support to date, and having dropped to zero or low income being of the highest priority.

Successful applications

If your application is successful, we will pay the grant in full to the bank account details you provide. 

Unsuccessful applications

We will email you to let you know if your application is unsuccessful and provide the reasons for this decision. There is no appeal process. 

More information

If you need more information about the Freelancer Fund, you can contact Business Wales on 03000 6 03000.

Related documents

Wales Culture Recovery Fund Round 2: Freelancer Fund - Guidance notes (PDF, 187KB)