Museum Freelance Covid-19 Hardship Fund re-opens with 15 x £500 grants available
We are thrilled to announce that Museum Freelance has secured a second £7,500 grant to provide emergency support for freelancers who work with museums, heritage sites, galleries, archives and libraries in the UK.
The Museum Freelance Covid-19 Hardship Fund is for freelancers who are in urgent need of critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on their work and livelihood, and who have not been eligible for and received the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), or furlough payments from the Job Retention Scheme.
Our recent poll about the impact of Covid-19 on the freelance community highlighted that whilst 78% of respondents have seen a decrease in their income this year, only 47% have been eligible for SEISS grants.
The fund has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from a charitable trust that wishes to remain anonymous, and will be distributed by the Museums Association – we are enormously grateful to both organisations and their supportive representatives.
About the grants
There are 15 one-off £500 grants available to freelancers. The grant does not need to be repaid.
Our ambition is to provide short-term relief to freelancers whose income has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and who as a result are struggling to make ends meet. The fund is to meet critical needs such as mortgage repayments, rent, food, and childcare costs and for people with no financial buffer to fall back on. It is not intended to cover business development costs or expenses such as CPD and equipment.
Applicants will need to meet certain eligibility criteria as detailed below.
Applications are now open and will close at 12pm on Monday 4 January 2021. Applicants will be notified about the outcome by Monday 11 January 2021 and successful applicants will receive their grant via the Museums Association by 25 January 2021.
The Museum Freelance Covid-19 Hardship Fund is for freelancers who work with museums, heritage sites, galleries, archives or libraries in the UK in areas such as: activity planning, audience development, collections, conservation, curation, engagement, events, exhibitions, fundraising, governance, interpretation, learning, marketing, organisational development, research and training.
To be considered for an emergency grant of £500 from the Museum Freelance Covid-19 Hardship Fund, you must meet the following criteria:
You are a resident of the UK
You earn the majority of your income through self-employment with museums, heritage sites, galleries, archives or libraries
You started actively working as a freelancer on or before 31st December 2019
You need urgent financial assistance due to the Covid-19 pandemic
You have not been eligible for or received the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
You have not received furlough payments from the Government's Job Retention Scheme.
You are eligible and welcome to apply this time if you applied for the Museum Freelance Hardship Fund in August 2020, provided you didn't receive a grant, and still meet the other eligibility criteria.
This fund is for freelancers who are in urgent need of critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on their work and livelihood. When applying please consider whether you truly need these funds – we want to make sure this fund goes to those who are most in need in the museum freelance community. We reserve the right to request additional documents which confirm your eligibility and may contact you if we have any questions about your application.
How to apply
Complete this very short form.
Museum Freelance is organising the promotion, administration of and applications to the fund; the Museums Association is responsible for distributing the grants to successful applicants.
Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be anonymised, with 15 drawn at random by the Museum Freelance team, observed by Museums Association representatives in an online live draw.
For any questions about the grant, please contact .