Arts, heritage and culture sector

Coronavirus - COVID-19 – information and support for Cheshire East Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector

We know our cultural organisations have had to make some difficult decisions in recent weeks and we have been working to support you as best we can.

Some funders have re-opened main grant programmes, other still have emergency funding available. Please check directly on the funders website for the most up to date information.

ACE National Lottery Project Grants  

Arts Council have reopened this programme to fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as a priority. The supplementary guidance outlines what has changed to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19.

Outdoor Arts UK are a sector support organisation helping and promoting all types of performance in the public realm.

More information can be found here:

Heritage Grants are available for Heritage, Community Woodlands and Local Places for Nature. All you need to know about applying is in the guidance on the Heritage Fund website.

National Lottery Community Fund

All funding decisions for the next six months will prioritise getting funding to groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time focusing initially on existing grant-holders and applicants.

We will prioritise:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

If you would like to put in an application that is not related to COVID-19, you are still welcome to do so. However, please be aware that there is likely to be greater competition for our funding, and a delay in our ability to respond.

Creative Industries Federation, including sector specific support

Collated advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout.

Their webpage is regularly updated as the situation develops.

Information on CEC Cultural Framework grants

The Cultural Economy Team have honoured all existing funding agreements for 2020/21 and are working to ensure swift payment of invoices to support cashflow within organisations. Grants will be paid with acknowledgement that agreed outcomes and timescales will be revised with organisations to what is achievable and realistic.

We are not currently processing any new Cultural Framework grants. Once the imminent crisis has passed, our approach will be to work strategically to provide sector support, and enable new projects to become available as the need for this expands. We anticipate our priorities will be to ensure the cultural sector is thriving, and to help people adjust back to life after lockdown has been lifted.

Please keep in touch with your regular officer within the Cultural Economy Team on the details below. We may not always know the answers to your queries, but we will always endeavour to support you:

Amy Lewis
Cultural Economy Development Manager

Janey Moran
Cultural Economy Development Manager


Andrew Latham
Outdoor Events Manager

Helen Paton
Cultural Economy Manager

CEC Early Help and Asset Based Community Development Grant

Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant

The aim of the Covid-19 community response and recovery fund is to support community and voluntary organisations to adapt to new ways of offering support to communities, both during and following the coronavirus pandemic, as well as maintain and continue to offer services as government restrictions are lifted. Not-for-profit organisations are able to apply for a grant up to a maximum of £5,000 for projects and services for both response and recovery-type applications.

Go to our Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Grant page for more information.

CEC Business Support

Information on business support, including business rate relief, can be found on the coronavirus covid 19 help for business rates customers page.

Job Matching Service 

Our Supported Employment team want to job match people who are coming out of work as a result of Covid-19 with local employers who are looking to recruit temporarily.  

if you are a local employer who is looking to recruit we can source potential employees to meet current recruitment demand. Email your requirements to

Page last reviewed: 29 July 2021