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Creative Freelancers can apply for grants of up to £2,000

The creative industries are one of the fastest growing parts of the economy. The sector is built on an army of talented and skilled freelancers – from the film director to the games designer, the potter to the sound engineer. Of the creative workers in the sector, 47% are self-employed, compared with 15% across the workforce as whole.

Freelancers have to make hard and fast decisions about how they use their time, dictated by the employment opportunities available to them at the time. There is little opportunity for freelancers to take time to develop their skills or learn a new creative practice. This grant programme will support freelancers to develop their skills and explore new ways of working, in turn helping address some of the skills gaps in the sector.

The resilience of creative freelancers will be improved by funding individuals up to £2,000 to deliver specific activity that will enable them to develop their product, service or creative practice. Apply now.

Who is eligible to apply?

Whilst we welcome applications from freelancers from all sub-sectors of the Creative Industry. The grant programme is particularly targeted to provide support to the following groups: care leavers, creatives living in areas of socio-economic deprivation, disabled people, global majority, young people (18-30).

You will be eligible to apply for this grant if:


  • You're a registered sole trader with a Unique Tax Reference, or a Director of a limited company where you are the only officer or employee.
  • Your registered address is in Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, or South Gloucestershire Council.
  • You work in one or more of these sectors: Advertising & Marketing, Architecture, Arts & Culture, Visual Arts, Dance, Performing Arts, Festival, Craft, Createch, Design, Fashion, Gaming, Music, Publishing, TV & Film.

How to apply

This grant funding round is open!

The application window opened on 15th May and will close on midday on Friday 21st June 2024. We will aim to notify applicants of the outcome of their application by the beginning of September.

  • When the application window opens, download an application form from this page.
  • Email your completed application, with the required supporting documentation (CV, budget and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Questionnaire) to creative@westofengland-ca.gov.uk.
  • Please familiarise yourself with the application guidance before applying.

"The Combined Authority has been very supportive, which will help me to grow my partnerships... The grant has been essential in helping me to grow my business."

JACQUI HAM
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