Many public funded organisations, professional bodies, trusts and foundations are offering advice and support to creative organisations and artists.

Let us know if there are others you think would be useful for us to promote.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) creative sector support

At Medway Council, we want to support our creative sector, especially in these uncertain and challenging times.

Together with support from partners and other local authorities, we have brought together information and advice specific to the sector. 

We cannot endorse everything we post here, but we aim for it to be the central place for you to find a range of support that may help you.

We are aware that some of the funding streams listed below have now closed to applications. We are leaving the links here for you to view as most of them include information about contacts, funding and support organisations you may find helpful.

Support for all creative sectors

Small and medium-sized businesses in England can get grants between £1,000 and £5,000. This is for new equipment and technology, and professional, legal and financial or other advice to help them get back on track.

More about grants

The latest Arts Council England emergency funding for organisations and individuals has now closed to applications.

More about Arts Council England's coronavirus (COVID-19) funding.

View Digital Culture Network for information about:

  • support organisations and individuals
  • additional governmental and non-governmental support available to organisations
  • support for businesses, including grants, benefits and tax relief
  • direct support for freelancers

View Diversity and Arts Council’s emergency response for help developing your digital offer.

Applications for funding are open until 23 April 2020.

More about Outdoor Arts UK funding

Artists and performers

Youth Music

Youth Music has launched the Youth Music Emergency Fund.

Help Musicians UK

There is support available for dancers and clubs including:

  • Dance Professionals Fund
  • South East Dance - supporting dance artists, presenting bold new work, developing the infrastructure for dance and getting more people across the south east involved in dance
  • One Dance UK – supporting all those working in the sector to achieve excellence in dance performance, education and management


A strong brand and an organisation-wide Customer Relationship Management strategy will be key tools in the fight-back from lockdown.

Join these free advanced webinars to prepare your organisation after lockdown.

This online safety webinar is for organisations working with children and young people.

It will be held on Wednesday 3 June 2020 2pm to 3pm.

The webinar will be led by Julia Lawrence. It is designed to help arts and cultural organisations intending to work with young people online create robust safeguarding policies and procedures. It is also to raise awareness of good practice in online safety.

Register for the webinar