Cancelled contracts, closed galleries and collectors drawing in their horns – these are tough times for those who rely on the arts to make a living.  We’ll be updating this page as we find new initiatives that offer financial assistance or moral support.

UK Government Support

UK Government support for business

A List of really useful resources

Funding & Grants

The Photographer Fund: a $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19.
Women Photograph Emergency Fund: for independent women and non-binary photographers who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Photography grants for new visual projects: a list of grants providing funding for the production of new visual projects with an open application process.
National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund For Journalists: an emergency fund, with grants between $1,000 – $8,000 for journalists worldwide who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities.
Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform: a rapid-response scheme offering artists support through the allocation of micro-fees towards their ongoing or new projects; open to all practitioners based in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Pulitzer Center Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge: call for proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders.
IWMF Journalism Relief Fund: for women-identifying journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance. Firecracker Photographic Grant

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

Support for organisations from Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

Emergency Funding for artists

Thanks to Steve Giovinco for putting together a handy list of Emergency Funding for artists. Not clear whether it’s only for US based practitioners, but worth checking out.

Details here.

The Arts Council

Further details of how to apply coming soon, but in the meantime, here’s more info.

England promises to divert funding to support people who work in the arts. Details expected towards the end of March. Click here to visit and bookmark their page to stay up to date.


The Art Newspaper

Sources of financial assistance compiled by the The Art Newspaper

New York Foundation for the Arts

List of Emergency Grants compiled by the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Some are geographically restricted, others appear not to be so.

Mental Health

How to Protect your Mental Health, from the BBC

How to avoid cabin fever, from The Conversation

The Coping Calendar from Action for Happiness

Bella Mackie on managing mental health 


Join others in a daily online get-together hosted by #creativenetwork

BBC’s Green Goddess

Exercise with the Green Goddess on BBC

Online Teaching

Lewis Bush – survival guide for online teaching 


Wise advice from the BJP, both for photographers and those wanting to support.

How Can We Help?

is the headline from Common Field, a platform for sharing resources, updates and networking for the Artists Organisation during COVID-19.