WECA: Culture & Creative Economy Recovery Fund

WECA have now released details of their Culture and Creative Economy Recovery Fund. In response to the significant impact the pandemic has had on businesses and individuals working in the creative industries, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is launching a new business support programme and grant fund for the cultural and creative sectors, as part of its Regional Recovery Plan.  The programme is aimed at SMEs working in the creative industries, including creative freelancers, that require support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Opening in mid April:

Creative Freelancer Grants:
The grant fund will give creative freelancers the opportunity to become more resilient by delivering a project over a time period of up to 6 months that will develop their own creative product, practice or service, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants will range from £1,000 - £3,000

Creative Business Grants:
The business grants will fund creative projects that support recovery and resilience, employ freelance creatives, engage local communities and advance diversity and inclusion.  Grants will range from £5,000 to £10,000 

Cultural and Creative Business Support Programme:
The Cultural and Creative Business Support Programme is a sector specific business support programme designed to build resilience and support change in response to Covid-19, through support for individuals and management teams to reformulate operating and financial models and business plans.

Creative Scale Up
Creative Scale Up is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It aims to help creative businesses in the West of England access finance through an intensive sustainable growth support programme. Creative businesses that demonstrate a genuine ambition to grow, innovate and strengthen the local economy are eligible to apply to join cohort 4 of the programme They are looking for applications from all sub sectors of the creative industries.Full Guidance will be available at the end of March with applications opening Mid-April. 

Creative businesses wanting to find out more about the new business support programme, grant funds and the Creative Scale Up scheme should visit WECA’s Growth Hub page and register.

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