Bridgend businesses reminded that there’s still time to apply for the creative freelance fund

There’s still a few days left to apply for a £2,500 grant from the Welsh Government’s cultural freelance fund.

Phase three of the fund to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors across Wales who are facing financial challenges as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak will close at 5pm on Monday, 7 December.

Individuals in the sub sectors of arts, creative industries, arts and heritage events, culture and heritage, whose work has direct creative and cultural outcomes, can apply for a £2,500 grant.

Bridgend County Borough Council leader Huw David said: “I would urge freelancers working in the creative industries to apply for a grant before the deadline passes.

“During the first two phases, a total of £230,000 was paid out to 92 residents in Bridgend county borough to make a difference during this tough time for the sector.”

The eligibility criteria for the grant is as follows:

  • Facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 – 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
  • You have previously received support in phase 1 or 2

Those who wish to apply should check their eligibility using the Business Wales Cultural Recovery Fund Grant checker.

Individuals who are eligible for the grant and wish to apply can do so through the Bridgend County Borough Council business support webpage. 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.

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