Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Second Round

This new programme managed by Arts Council England aims to support culturally significant organisations from April – June 2021 as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model. It’s open to for-profit and non-profit arts and cultural organisations.

Key Information

  • £250 million of funding is available.
  • The minimum grant amount you can apply for is £25,000.
  • You can’t apply for more than £1 million in grants if you are a for-profit organisation or more than £3 million in grants if you are a non-profit organisation, local authority or university.
  • These limits include any money that has been received in the previous round of CRF, including grants delivered by National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and the British Film Institute.

Application Deadline: 12pm (midday), Tuesday 26 January 2021

The Arts Council are hosting a webinar series for potential Culture Recovery Fund applicants, explaining the Grants programme, how it interacts with Repayable Finance, and answer any questions you might have. Click here to book a place at one of the January sessions.


Call for Mentors for an Investment Readiness Programme for Creative, Cultural and Arts organisations and businesses!

The Invest East Investment Readiness Programme is looking for mentors to work with founders of businesses and organisations from the Creative, Cultural and Arts sectors who are participating in a FREE programme of masterclasses, workshops and one to one mentoring to learn more about investment and financial sustainability.

The Invest East Investment Readiness Programme has been running for over 18 months and has so far worked with more than 80 businesses to help them become more financially sustainable and able to grow and develop. Businesses on the programme have learned about funding and investment and how to maximise their chances of securing the funding they need. Many have developed new products or services and made important connections through the programme’s experienced pool of mentors and fellow participants to help with their business journey.

Thanks to additional funding from the Norfolk Strategic Fund managed by Norfolk County Council with funding contributed by Norfolk County Council and NALEP as well as UEA they are now able to widen the programme to run a bespoke cohort for founders within the Creative, Cultural and Arts sectors. The programme is completely free to participants who will attend masterclasses on topics such as Protecting IP, Business Planning, Funding Strategy, Legals, Financial Planning and Pitching to Funders.

There will be smaller, specialised round table sessions and access to a pool of mentors across a range of specialisms for one to one work. Participants will work on developing and refining their funding pitch with feedback and insights from experienced advisors, investors and mentors. All work is done remotely.

The programme starts early 2021 and sessions take place across the following months culminating in an event where selected businesses and organisations will get an opportunity to pitch to an invited audience of funders and key stakeholders. This is a paid opportunity and is very flexible. Anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch now.

Contact: Sam Burton by emailing in the first instance.


Creative Unlimited – NEW Business Support for Creative Industries in Norfolk and Suffolk

Businesses and entrepreneurs in the region’s Covid-hit creative sector are being invited to take up free support from industry experts.

Advice on areas such as business start-ups, accessing investment and funding and network building will be provided in group and one-to-one sessions through the project backed by the Norfolk Strategic Fund.

Creative Unlimited is designed to help economic recovery and growth in the creative, cultural and digital sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk and is a partnership between New Anglia LEP, University of East Anglia, Norwich University of the Arts, and Norfolk County Council.

The project will help organisations and individuals develop and showcase their creative ventures through bespoke business workshops, masterclasses, mentoring and direct support.

Norfolk and Suffolk are home to a wealth of creative, cultural and digital talent and the sessions will be designed and delivered by industry experts and experienced creative entrepreneurs. The aim is to make the businesses taking part financially sustainable and support them in moving up to the next level.

Sarah Steed, Chair of the Creative Sector Group for New Anglia commented “The sustained growth of the digital creative sector is fundamental to the recovery of the whole regional economy. As every business addresses the need to develop an effective, well-designed digital offer, it is the region’s designers, animators and filmmakers who can support that process. This project offers the chance for academics, business support teams and creative professionals to work together to make it happen.”

Helen Wilson, Chair of the New Anglia Cultural Board said ‘The announcement of this project is hugely welcome. Culture has proved in the past what a positive contribution it can make to growing our economy and this is an exciting, pioneering approach to supporting the sector. It will undoubtedly help to shape Culture’s much needed recovery.”

For any businesses or entrepreneurs interested in what this support could mean for you, register your interest here.


Job Support Programme Online Hub

Looking for work? Need support with skills or finance in your business? Looking for mental health and wellbeing resources?

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and New Anglia Growth Hub new Job Support Programme online hub brings details of job opportunities, training providers and support networks into one place, with an interactive support finder to help you find the information you need.


Free Norfolk County Council Coronavirus Toolkit for Businesses

Norfolk County Council’s Public Health team has produced a new toolkit to support local businesses. It includes the latest information and advice helping businesses understand and use NHS Test and Trace to play their part in controlling outbreaks of Coronavirus in Norfolk.

Alongside the toolkit, there are a variety of new resources for businesses to use. Posters and social media graphics are available on a wide range of topics from hand washing and social distancing, to scam and community support advice.

New resources will be added over the coming weeks, businesses can sign up here to receive an alert when new resources are added, and keep up to date with the most recent information.


Report on Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS Sectors published

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee says Covid-19 crisis presents biggest threat to UK’s cultural infrastructure, institutions and workforce in a generation.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the New Anglia Culture Board Covid-19 Impact Surveys, the results of which were fed into the DCMS Impact Inquiry

Read the report here.


£2bn ‘Kickstart Scheme’ Announced to Create More Jobs for Young People

Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up. It is intended to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people.

A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.

Click here for more information.


Norfolk & Suffolk’s Creative & Cultural Sector COVID-19 Survey Results

We are pleased to share the results of the New Anglia Culture Board second regional survey on the impact of COVID-19 on our regional creative and cultural sector. We received 195 completed responses – thank you so much for all your helpful contributions and for sharing the survey with your networks.

COVID-19 Impact Survey 2 Results

We plan to continue to distribute the survey every 4 – 6 weeks and questions will be refined /added as the situation continues to change. We very much welcome your feedback and suggestions for new questions.

As part of the ongoing advocacy for our region in these very tough times, the results from the current survey will also be fed into the DCMS COVID-19 Impact Inquiry.