Covid-19 Resources

We’ve curated a list of resources that we think could be helpful during this time

If you have any you think we should add, please email Hannah at


Region-Specific Funding

Cornwall FEAST Funding – FEAST is a Cornwall-based grant-making organisation that encourages ideas, skills and resource sharing so that communities are left better equipped to carry on the good work .In the spring of each year, FEAST run two rounds offering larger grants. Artists working in any discipline can apply. FEAST also have a rolling grants programme offering up to £1,000 for projects aiming to meet FEAST criteria. There is a separate fund for members of Cornwall Festivals Network who plan to refresh the artistic programme of their festivals. For both Open Smaller Grants and the Festival Enhancement Fund, applications for more than £500 need to provide match funding of 50% but you can count in kind support such as volunteer time, free use of equipment, venues etc.

Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund – Funds for local charitable groups in Devon that are supporting the most vulnerable people affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. This fund has currently been paused.

Exeter Covid-19 Wellbeing Support Fund has been opened to give rapid short-term financial support. It is aimed at those in financial hardship as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme is for anyone who is not already catered for through other means. Meeting an immediate need, by providing for items or support that there is no current help for. The following groups of people have been identified as eligible to apply:

  • Self-employed people who are not able to trade, in the short-term.
  • Self-employed people who started business recently and are not eligible for a grant.
  • Business owners unable to claim for their dividends under the Job Retention Scheme, and who also do not qualify for the Self-Employed Scheme.
  • Employees who have recently lost their job or those still in work but working less hours. This applies where Universal Credit is not yet in payment, or represents a significant drop in income.
  • Employees laid off, but not eligible for furlough.
  • Employees who are sick and either not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, or where Statutory Sick Pay represents a significant drop in income.
  • People who are isolated and unable to source supplies. This applies to those not served by local voluntary help or by shielding.
  • Older people who are struggling because of increased vulnerability. For example: carers and family cannot visit. This applies to those not served by local voluntary help.
  • People with little or no access to disposable income.

Gloucestershire Community Foundation Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund – A grant programme to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. It will offer local charitable and community organisations emergency funding of up to £5000  to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus. Initially aimed at coordinated volunteer programmes, and those picking up extra demand, then broadening to community and voluntary groups more widely.

Quartet Community Foundation (Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)  Coronavirus Response Fund – This grant programme aims to support local activities that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. It will offer local charitable and community organisations emergency funding to support emerging challenges faced within local communities as a result of the continuing threat of Coronavirus. Grants up to £5,000 for single organisations and up to £20,000 for partnerships

South West Academic Health Science Network Innovation Adoption Fund – SW AHSN is offering any voluntary, community or social enterprises (VCSE), health and care teams, or small businesses across Somerset, Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £6,000 to support faster adoption of their innovative ready-to-use technologies, services or interventions that have the potential to support the community response to COVID-19. SW AHSN is focusing on supporting innovation with the potential to support the vulnerable, older people and those who are self-isolating in their homes during this time. This fund has 3 rounds of applications per year – please check the website for updates about when you can apply.

Regional Connections

Connect with other arts and health professionals, close to you – join our AHSW Zoom Webinars and network meetings

Take part in our new  AHSW Virtual Action Learning Sets – a free opportunity for peer-to-peer learning facilitated by trained professionals.

Arts-Well Grow (Cornwall) – Arts Well offer virtual networking and training sessions as part of their programme of development for people interested in arts, health and wellbeing: Read more

The Holburne Museum (Bath) is offering a Creativity 4 Wellbeing  virtual art group – every Wednesday, 2 – 3.30pm




General Funding

Arts Council England Emergency Funding – ACE have been making various pots of emergency funding available  for organisations and individuals who need it during the pandemic, and have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding. Please check the webpage for the most up to date information about grants that are currently open.

Grants Online list of Emergency Coronavirus Funding, updated regularly, see also their list of Arts Emergency Funding.

Culture in Quarantine Commissioning Brief: ‘The Space’ are providing funds for the creation of artistic works that can be experienced by audiences on the BBC’s online platforms, TV channels or radio stations and can be delivered for broadcast/publication. They want to hear from the full diversity of exceptional and established disabled artists, working in any discipline across the four nations. Proposals should be for video or audio content. There is no specific editorial brief: projects can – but do not have to – creatively respond to the disabled experience of living through the pandemic. This current round deadline has passed, but check the website for updates on future rounds.

The Dancers’ Hardship Fund. Support given to freelance dancers across genres including ballet, contemporary, Black and Asian dance and hip hop including those with portfolio careers, e.g. choreography, who whose work would normally include employment in the subsidised dance sector. This Fund is supported by Arts Council of England.

Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) will provide grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown. The scheme is open to all types of community-led organisation affected by the crisis. Applications are particularly welcome from organisations led by or directly supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, which have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19. The scheme is run by Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund. CCLORS will have three application rounds.


General Online Resources for Arts Professionals

Arts Council England has compiled information about support for orgnisations and support for individuals from Government and other sources.

ArtsProfessional ‘Covid Culture’ – a microsite  for news and information relating to the coronavirus pandemic, and how it might affect anyone working in the arts.

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance have put together an excellent, extensive list of advice, resources and activities that covers:

  • Freelance support
  • Practical support from funders
  • Digital/online creative resources
  • Analogue creative resources
  • Online events and digital training
  • General resources
  • and advice if  you run a business, venue or charity

How to use Zoom effectively for music-based activities: Youtube Tutorial

MIF Resources for Artists and Freelancers – an evolving list of resources for the freelance creative community who might be looking for support and guidance as a result of the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

Public Health England have offered advice for how to look after your wellbeing, via ‘Every Mind Matters’.

Voluntary Arts ‘Creative Network’ – a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation, the challenges of working from home and what we can do together to make the most of difficult circumstances.

Arts Well CIC have created this PDF with  advice for sending creative materials via the post, based on Public Health England guidance.

FutureLearn online course: “COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health

Performing Medicine have some great resources for coping with aspects of the pandemic, such as winding down from work, coping with wearing PPE, and the ‘Circle of Care’ framework.

General Online Activities

The March Network have put together an excellent list of home-based, creative ways to support mental health during these unique and uncertain times, called ‘Creative Isolation’.

Culture to your couch: arts you can experience at home – ‘The Space’ are helping to bring cultural content into audiences’ homes and supporting the creative teams who have made this work.

Look Again is offering a FREE 7-day taster Re-frame Your Now Mindful Photography Activity Programme. Endorsed by AHSW it uses a combination of mindfulness, photography and nature to help you and your household stay calm and connected!

Boredom Busters – Thousands of people across the UK will soon be enjoying a dose of creativity as a new ‘Boredom Buster’ publication is launched University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in partnership with Culture Weston. Orders are welcome from all health and social care organisations in acute, primary and community settings – and from organisations delivering essential supplies to those who are shielding or isolated. The 48-page tabloid style newspaper, inspired by the beloved Summer Annual formula, has been produced for the NHS National Performance Advisory Group for Arts, Design and Heritage in Hospitals, by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in partnership with Culture Weston.

Create With Us online video activities by Creativity Works: follow the link to their YouTube channel which is filled with lots of guided creative activities, based on the activity programme they ran during lockdown.

Ongoing Research

Covid-19 Social Study – a research project about your psychological and social experiences during Covid-19. This study involves answering a 15-minute survey once and then answering a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place. It will help to inform understanding about the effects of social isolation measures on people’s mental health. The data you provide will be analysed by academic researchers at University College London.

Covid-19 Impact Report by the Arts & Health Hub – information collected during June & July 2020 on how the pandemic has affected artists in the arts & health sector.

BAME Civil Society Consultation on the COVID-19 recovery – The Ubele Initiative hosted a national online event on 21st July 2020 which was attended by 68 BAME professionals working across the voluntary and community sector. The event was a response to a request made by Boris Johnson, PM to Danny Kruger, MP to consult with civil society organisations in relation to the ‘levelling up’ agenda.This short report reflects some of the main issues and concerns raised during this event. The group responds as a community operating from a position of disadvantage, already under resourced, and further ravaged by the effects of COVID-19.

Community Culture & Health Survey by Community COVID, a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of UKRI’s Covid-19 funding, and an internal UCL Rapid Response grant. Community COVID  are keen to know what you have been doing during COVID-19 restrictions. Your responses will be used to help communities recover from effects of the pandemic. The anonymous survey has 10 questions which should take no longer than 15 minutes, and you should be aged 18 years or over to take part.



The AHSW team has been working remotely, from home, since AHSW began, so we feel well set up to carry on our work as normal.

We are having regular check-ins and virtual meetings with our area leads and planning to adapt our work so that we can hear more about what our members need from us during this time.

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