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 Community Foundation Emergency Fund – Grants for organisations operating in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly working with people who may be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These grants for £500 – £3000 are to cover the costs for additional work, over and above normal activities.

Cornwall FEAST Re-Ignition Fund – inviting ideas from artists about how people isolated at home could be engaged and connected with – so they do still feel part of a community and can exercise their own imaginations and skills – maybe in producing something that also gets seen or heard by others.  Ideas which reach older people confined under the 3 month curfew, children and parents now at home, activities that can lift the spirits of your community generally. Initially  offering grants of up to £1,000.

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. Limited funds available, but no stated upper limit – should be based on an estimated amount for the next 6-8 weeks only

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. This applies until tax-based grants are paid from June 2020.
  • 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.

Regional Connections

Connect with other arts and health professionals, close to you – join our AHSW Zoom 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 Connect (Cornwall) – a weekly opportunity to catch up online with others working in the field of arts, creativity, health and wellbeing (register here to take part)

Arts-Well Grow (Cornwall) – online training sessions for arts and health workers, throughout April and May:

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 are making £160 million of emergency funding  available  for organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding. Round one opens for applications on 9 April 2020. Round two opens for applications on 16 April 2020. Potential applicants will need to register for Grantium in early April. There will be support for people to do this.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Emergency Fund – an emergency grant programme to support local frontline charities. Smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19 can apply for one-time grants of up to £10,000

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

Help Musicians (UK) Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund – a fund created to alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures that many professional musicians may currently be facing. Eligible musicians are able to apply for a one-off payment of £500 through an online form.

UFI Charitable Trust VocTech Now (To assist Vocational Training Providers to Digital Training)  – a targeted grant call to accelerate the use of VocTech tools to enable those in work or training to continue to engage with their vocational learning programmes during this period of travel disruption. Small grants of £10k – £25k to support vocational learning providers to rapidly transition to remote teaching and training and deliver accessible learning at a time of significant change. Apply by 6th April 2020

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 by the end of July 2020. They are looking for creatively ambitious ideas that feel that they could have been made at no other time. Commissions do not need to be about the current emergency but must engage imaginatively with ideas of social isolation. The work proposed should be novel and aim to deliver a creative and engaging audience experience and be clear about the specific audiences they aim to appeal to. They are looking to commission around 25 projects (between £3,000 and £8,000 ex. VAT per project).

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: The first round will open between 10 am and 1 pm on Tuesday 28 July; The second round will open on Tuesday 4 August; The third round will be open on Tuesday 11 August.


The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides grants to support social enterprises during COVID-19. It is delivered by five social enterprise support agencies and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Grants of £10,000 – £300,000 are available for social enterprises that working in one of the following priority areas:

Supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
Supporting people most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The funds have been split into three rounds:

  • Round 1 opens at 1 pm on Monday 13 July and closes at 1 pm on Monday 20 July
  • Round 2 opens at 1 pm on Thursday 13 August and closes at 1 pm on Thursday 20 August
  • Round 3 opens at 1 pm on Thursday 10 September and closes at 1 pm on Thursday 17 September


The Catalyst COVID-19 Digital Response Fund: Emergency funding of up to £60k available to nonprofits in England that are committed to proactively sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks. Two funding streams are available:

  • The Discovery Programme: a learning and development opportunity for nonprofits looking to progress their digital ambitions. Applications open: 19th August – 7th September (5pm)
  • The Development Programme: Organisations that can show they have already been through a Discovery process will be eligible to move directly to Development. Applications open: 19th August – 20th September (5pm)

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

Creative Industries Federation are offering a free membership for the next 6 months

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. They’ve also created an open document for people to add to.

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.

Making Arts in Health Digital – 5 May 2020 – Are you a musician working within arts in health? Join Chiltern Music Therapy’s workshop to learn how to digitise your sessions.

Art4Minds Creative Sharing Circle – Art4Minds Creative Sharing Circle each week to discuss creativity and wellbeing in the time of Covid-19 or join their charity fundraiser workshop this weekend.

Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing – This June, Collective Encounters is hosting a series of free events for participatory theatre makers and facilitators. The events will provide a safe, fun and socially distanced space for makers and facilitators to share and develop their practice in delivering participatory theatre activities at a distance.

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

PDF “Basic Psychosocial Skills – A Guide for COVID-19 Responders” -Basic psychosocial skills are at the core of helping others to feel better. In this guide, you will learn how to use these skills to look after yourself and how to help others feel supported through your interactions.

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.

Create to Connect, 64 Million Artists – May 2020 – Take part in a month of challenges to keep connected, curious and creative. A free tailored activity pack is also available.

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.


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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