Cultural Sector Hardship Fund for Freelancers FAQs

The fund will close at 9am Tue 2 March.

In March 2020, the lights were dimmed on Manchester’s Arts and Culture sector, with theatres, libraries, museums and arts centres being amongst the first to close their doors to the public at the start of the pandemic.

With the nation in another lockdown, the future is uncertain for many cultural organisations and the freelancers who work with them.

The Savannah Wisdom Foundation has created a discretionary fund to support freelancers working in the creative and cultural sectors who are facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The charity is making up to £500,000 available in grants of £1,500 to individual freelancers.

The fund is designed to assist those whose freelance work has been lost or disrupted because of COVID-19 and who are experiencing hardship because of:

  • reduced demand for, or capacity to deliver, their services
  • the part of the sector they work in is temporarily unable to trade (due to local/national lockdown measures, social distancing requirements or loss of trade)

The deadline to apply for the fund is 9am Tue 2 March.

Please click here to apply.

Please find below extensive FAQs on the application process for this fund. If you require any further assistance please call 0161 523 0444 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm or email

Download the FAQs as a large print document here.

To download as a Word document click here or download the PDF here.

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