Hardship fund for city freelancers

Published: 6 February 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Manchester City Council

There’s a hardship fund aimed at freelancers who work in the creative and culture sector in Manchester who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

Through city-based charity The Savannah Wisdom Foundation and B&M Retail, freelancers, including artists, will be able to apply for a one-off grant. It is making up to £500,000 available in grants of £1,500 to individuals.

Applications are open to all Manchester residents employed in a freelance capacity in the creative and cultural sectors—including music, theatre, dance, combined arts, visual arts, museums, literature, creative industries and heritage culture. Greater Manchester residents who can show most of their work is normally in Manchester are also eligible to apply.

Manchester City Council administers the scheme and assist in the application and decision-making process. Additional support is also provided by city centre arts organisation HOME, whose staff man a telephone helpline service.