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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council


Wales Culture Recovery Fund - freelancer support


Closed to new applications.

This is a grant to provide financial assistance to freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors that are facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021. The grant seeks to complement other COVID-19 response measures to support organisations and businesses in Wales as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund.

The eligibility criteria for the grant is as follows: 

  • facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 to March 2021
  • freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, who work in the four key sub sectors:
    • the arts
    • creative industries
    • arts and heritage events
    • culture and heritage
    • you must be operating in Wales
    • you must be based within the local authority you are applying to 

You are not eligible for this grant if: 

  • you have recently received funding from the Start-Up Grant launched in June 2020 to help new businesses survive the economic consequences of coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • you are a freelancer who works in the sport sector 

This funding is specifically for creative/cultural subsectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Those in roles that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity (e.g. architects, graphic designers, games designers etc.) with or without support should not apply. 

For further information on this grant please read the Freelancer Fund guidance notes.

If you have read the guidance, are eligible for the grant and wish to apply please complete all the requested fields on the online application form below. 

Closed to new applications

To provide enough time for freelancers to apply we will be splitting the fund into two phases, with Phase 1 operating for a short period, and then followed shortly after by a second phase.

A grant of £2,500 is available per individual and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

Common questions

Background information

The purpose of the fund is to support freelancers working in the cultural sectors facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Freelancers are sometimes known as contractors, may run their own business and are often defined as self-employed although they differ slightly from the self-employed.

Freelancers may carry out multiple jobs on behalf of different companies, and often tend to work alone.

A freelancer tends to work on numerous short-term contracts, offering services and time to various organisations in return for an agreed fee.

Freelance workers are common in music, writing, journalism and web design industries.

A total of £7m is available to support freelancers across Wales.

The funding will be delivered by local authorities in Wales, on behalf of Welsh Government.

Eligibility

Support is available to assist freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, who work in the four key sub sectors targeted by the Cultural Recovery Fund:

  • the arts
  • creative industries
  • arts and heritage events
  • culture and heritage

These are broad sectors, covering a number of professions (the Creative Industries Federation infographic provides a useful illustration) and, in principle, applications can be received from freelancer workers in these sectors.

However, please note, this funding is specifically for cultural and creative subsectors and roles that that been forced to cease2work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.

Those in roles 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 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.

No, you are eligible to apply.

However, we would still want to see some evidence of your work as a freelancer. For example, you could provide evidence outside the agreed parameters of the eligible periods of work/loss of work set out in the guidance.

Applications are welcomed from both full and part time freelancers. The same flat grant of £2,500 is awarded in both cases, subject to meeting wider eligibility criteria.

However, please note this grant is targeted at freelancers in most need of support due to loss of earnings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would not expect to see freelancers applying if they also have a well-paid job which has protected them from the worst of the financial impact of COVID-19.

No, if you can demonstrate that you are the only person operating as part of that limited company and can provide details through your annual accounts, you would still be eligible to apply.

Yes, if you received support earlier this year from the Start Up Grant launched in June 2020 as a result of COVID-19 to help new businesses survive the economic consequences of coronavirus.

However, if you have only received general start up support in the past, you would still be eligible to apply.

We would advise that you apply through both schemes if you are eligible to apply, given the similar timeframes for processing of applications.

We will however be working with the Film and TV Charity to identify where applicants have applied through both schemes, to avoid duplication and to ensure the Funds reach as many freelancers in need in Wales as possible.

It is likely that if you are awarded a grant through the Film and TV Charity Fund you will not receive additional support from the Wales Cultural Recovery Freelancer Fund.

Yes.

If you have received previous support from either the Government Job Retention Scheme and Self Employment Income Support Scheme and are still experiencing financial challenges you are eligible to apply for this grant.

Yes.

You will have to declare it as income as the fund is to support cash flow and replace income lost due to Covid19.

Application process

Individuals can apply for the grant by accessing the Culture Recovery Fund Eligibility Checker on the Business Wales website:https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/culture

If eligible to apply you will be directed to your local authority website where you will be able to access the online application form or you will be able request the application form.

A grant of £2,500 is available per individual, to support with immediate cash flow to help through the disrupted period.

The Freelancer Grant is open to applications from Monday 5 October.

Yes.

If there are any accessibility issues for you that might prevent you from completing an online application form please call the Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000.

There is no formal deadline for applications. The Fund will run over two short phases.

Phase 1 will open from 5 October for a short period, of around one to two weeks, and will then be closed by local authorities while initial applications are assessed.

This will be followed shortly after by a second phase. The length of time each phase is open and the gap between phases will be dependent on the number of applications received.

This phased approach is being used to allow us to assess demand against the funding available and also aims to provide enough time for freelancers to prepare applications. Local authorities has absolute discretion on the duration of the fund.

You can only apply to the local authority you are currently resident in, not where you work.

Yes.

Applications will be treated on a first come first served basis. To provide enough time for freelancers to apply, and to ensure applicants experiencing any issues with the process have an opportunity to address these, we will be splitting the application process into two short phases.

Phase 1 will open from 5 October.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within 10 working days, and we aim to process grant applications within 30 days of receipt.

Decisions on applications will be made based on the information provided in the application form, associated evidence and information checks that are conducted from other sources.

All information required must be submitted. If any data is incomplete or incorrect or the evidence provided is insufficient we will contact you, but if queries are not satisfied the application will be rejected.

If applications are approved you will receive a grant offer by email notifying you of the award of the grant.

Grant offers will be open for 14 days – if not accepted within this period the offer will be withdrawn.

Grants will be paid on the basis that 100% of the grant is paid up front. Applicants must accept the grant offer by email before payment can be made.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email outlining the reason[s] for rejection.

There is no appeal process. The Local Authority has absolute discretion on the terms of the fund.

Evidence/supporting documents

Bank statements are being used to corroborate the bank details you have submitted. Bank statements will not be assessed or used as part of the appraisal process.

One, recent bank statement will need to be provided. Recent is defined as a bank statement for one of the three months prior to the date of application.

You can provide personal or business account statements, depending on the circumstances.

Where possible copies of full statements should be provided. However, screen shots of banking apps will be accepted.

Yes, however, you will need to provide some supporting evidence connecting your legal name to your performing name.

Yes.

All the information listed in under ‘other information’ must be provided. We will be unable to process your application if it is incomplete or if you have failed to submit the necessary documentation.

If you are unable to provide a CV, a detailed LinkedIn account will be accepted.

We would expect the applicant to provide a standard CV to include your name, address, details of skills and qualifications, previous employment/work.

If you are unable to provide a CV, a detailed LinkedIn account will be accepted.

There is a specific list of ‘other’ forms of proof identify that are acceptable. These are a paper based driving licence or adoption certificate.

Post award

There will be a post completion monitoring exercise undertaken where you may be contacted for your feedback on the operation of the Fund, for information on how the grant has supported you and to ask whether you are still working as a freelancer in Wales.

We will contact you if you have signed up to the Freelancer Pledge.

Freelancer pledge

One of the key commitments aligned to this funding is our ambition to develop and deliver a freelancer pledge. Freelance professionals are often active participants in their community, making a positive contribution to our social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being.

The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies in Wales to enable a vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language as well as think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other.

The Freelancer Pledge will help to forge a partnership between creative freelancers and public bodies to achieve this, and help the public sector lever your key skills as a freelancer in the culture sectors to assist us to bring creativity and imagination to all areas of public life.

This might be co-creating solutions with the community, contributing to local development plans and development or bringing new approaches to capital projects. This could be in areas such as culture through to health or sustainable development and built environment.

You may already have experience in working in the public realm with partners, be a socially engaged artist, a PTA member or trustee or just an active doer in your community who uses your lived experience to make positive change.

The Welsh Government has established a working group of key stakeholders to develop thinking on the freelancer pledge. The working group includes representatives from the freelancer community, unions and the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner.

If you are interested in being a part of this, please opt into the Freelancer Pledge. We’ll use your details to inform and involve you in developments. We value the skills and experience of freelancers. We would expect any work undertaken by freelancers as a result of the Freelancer Pledge to be paid work.

No, you do not have to sign up for the Freelancer Pledge in order to receive this funding. However, there are benefits for you as a freelancer in signing up for this pledge, such as opportunities to access paid work.

No, your application will be assessed against eligibility criteria only. The Freelancer Pledge does not form part of this.