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Here we’ve put together some useful information and resources and we’ll continue to populate this page as time goes on.

This information is aimed at, but not specifically for, freelancers, sole traders, people working for their own limited company and small creative businesses in Margate and South East England.

Please do share with us any good examples of alternative business methods, or initiatives you have seen where people have come together to support each other economically:


South East, Kent and Thanet

South East Creatives – advice and support for businesses in the sector
Kent & Medway Growth Hub, COVID-19 business support hotline 0333 360 2300

Cash grants for Thanet based businesses

Thanet District Council

Growth Hub – Government loans and Grants

SELEP (The South East Local Enterprise Partnership) has been working closely with its Growth Hub partners to share the messages from Government regarding business loans and the support package announced recently

Kent County Council Information

South East Business Hub

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Resource Hub

The Help Hub – compiled and maintained by Folkestone artist Rebecca Mason

Ray Dodd – Kent-based money and business coach


Covid19 Resources and Lists

UK Government support for those affected by Coronavirus

Arts Council England’s support during Covid19 including guidance, advice and emergency funding measures

Information and guidance for artists and arts organisers from a-n

Charity Excellence’s list of useful resources for organisations and individuals with less experience of fundraising

Grants Online – Guide to Coronavirus Fundraising

Funding Directory for Visual Artists and Composers

A Broad Ranging List of Funders from across the UK, plus a series of toolkits

A Broad Ranging List of Funders from across the UK

Tips and advice on how to fundraise

#artistsupportpledge, a movement to support artists


Dedicated Covid-19 Funding for the Arts and Culture Sector

Support for organisations and individuals from Arts Council England

National Lottery has announced that all funding decisions in next 6 months will focus on responding to COVID-19

Coronavirus Emergency Fund for charities/CICs with turnover below £200,000 

Support for authors/writers shared by the Society of Authors

Support for film and TV industry shared by the BFI

Support for musicians shared by Help Musicians

Support for members of the theatrical profession affected by COVID-19 

Support for theatres and theatre workers affected by COVID-19 

Support for PRS members 

Support for theatres and theatre workers affected by COVID-19 

Hardship fund for Axis Web members


Covid19 Funding for Charitable Organisations 

CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund – grants of up to £10k available for charities with income of £1m or less in the last Financial Year

City Bridge Trust London Covid-19 Emergency Fund – details to be announced shortly 

National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Fund – details to be announced shortly


Covid19 Funding for Individuals 

Financial support for freelance artists and arts organisers who make exhibitions happen 

Bursaries of £500 – £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19 

The WFH Residency is a £1000 award to support artists during the Covid-19 pandemic 

The Eaton Fund – Support for artists from a small charity currently taking stock in light of Covid-19

Support for fine artists to create new works from Elephant Trust

UK Artist Grant Writing Support from Gasworks

Jerwood New Works fund currently on hold – keep an eye on their website for updates

The new national creative arts competition for over 70’s stuck at home because of Coronavirus 

Support for young people aged 14-30 from the Princes Trust

Emergency fund for young women in crisis

Creative Industries Federation – free six month membership


Opportunities for Artists

The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund is part of a total of £3m of funding committed by the Freelands Foundation to support artists and creative practitioners across the UK during the pandemic.

Artquest – high-quality, artist-selected opportunities, updated weekly

Artshub – calls for artists

Artrabbit Artist Opportunities

Artlicks Opportunities

Heritage Lab – Open Call for a Single Commission Responding to the Former Granville Hotel

How to make research driven art
On the importance of doing your research
8 tips for effective arts and culture R&D
Arts research and development tips.


Covid 19 Funding for Businesses

New ‘bounce back loans’ – help for small businesses and income support for those missing out elsewhere, eg, limited company directors and self-employed

Coronavirus Self-Employed & Small Limited Company Help


List of Top Grantmaking Charities and Bodies in the UK who support Arts and Culture

Arts Council England 

Garfield Weston Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation 

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation 

The National Lottery Community Fund


Online communities:

The social distancing festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate the work of artists who have been affected by COVID-19

Creative Distance Festival

Money Saving Expert

Practical advice for creatives affected by the Covid-19 emergency


Useful resources for charities, voluntary and community groups during Coronavirus pandemic

Useful resources for charities, voluntary and community groups during Coronavirus pandemic

Leapers – supporting mental health of freelancers and the self-employed

Mind – Tips and advice for coping with stress and anxiety caused by Covid-19/Coronavirus

Free OpenLearn Courses (from the Open University)

Future Learn – Digital Skills for the Workplace (free courses)

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed – claiming Universal Credit and other relief measures implemented by the government

Money Advice Service Free and impartial money advice, site funded by the government

You can download and print a form to offer help to your neighbours, or pick up one from Cliffs.

Margate Pride is sharing positive mental health messages.

And Jo Miller of Solasta Sounds has shared online meditation resources



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