FF#2 Freelance Fund Two


Arts and Cultural Workers in Sheffield: Freelance Fund #2
A further £100k of funding, which offers grants and support to freelance arts and cultural workers based in Sheffield has been announced by Sheffield Culture Consortium and Sheffield City Council. This follows the success of Freelance Fund Round 1, which awarded over £77,000 to 83 freelancers in Sheffield in April this year. More info on Round 1: Freelance grant outcome press release April 2021 FINAL

Round 2 is open NOW and will provide:

In autumn 2020, The University of Sheffield launched the Arts Recovery Project, a UKRI funded research programme designed to understand the impact of the pandemic on Sheffield’s cultural ecology. Research suggested that Freelance Art & Culture Workers have been largely ineligible for grant support schemes offered during the Covid pandemic via Sheffield City Council or Arts Council England.

Following this, Freelance Fund 1 was developed and promoted in January 2021, awarding over £77,000 to 83 freelancers in the city.  273 applications were submitted to this round. This fund brought much needed support to enable Freelance Art & Culture Workers in Sheffield to adapt their business and/or reignite and develop their creative freelance careers, so that they continue to work and are in a good position to respond to new projects and commissions as recovery starts to emerge.

20 July – CALL OPENS
6 Sept at 9am – DEADLINE for applications
w/c 8 Oct – announce decisions

This fund will be available to:

> Strand 1

> Strand 2


In this instance, Arts Workers will be defined as those working in the cultural and creative sector: visual artists, performers (theatre/dance), musicians, craft/designer-makers, writers, film-makers, games designers or creative support services such as event producers, technicians, sound engineers.

Freelance is defined as someone who is self-employed, and works for companies on particular assignments.


Strand 1
To apply to Strand 1, Freelance Arts Workers must meet all of the following criteria:

Strand 2
To apply to strand 2, organisations must meet all the following criteria:

How to Apply
Click the links below for Guidelines and application forms:

Strand 1

Strand 2

Posted on 19th July 2021

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