How Do I Apply for the Freelancer Cultural Recovery Fund?

How Do I Apply for the Freelancer Cultural Recovery Fund?

This post was originally published in 1 October 2020 and was updated on 25 November 2020 for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.

If you have completed the Eligibility Checker and are eligible for the Freelancer Cultural Recovery Fund, you will be directed to your local authority website where you can access an application form to apply for the grant.

You should apply through the local authority you are resident in not where you may spend the majority of your time working in.

You will need to complete all the requested fields together with the required evidence documents. Scanned documents and photos are acceptable forms of evidence for this purpose.

To make your application, you will need to provide:

  • A CV (or a detailed LinkedIn account)
  • A recent bank statement Unique Tax Reference (UTR) Number (if available) or if you work under PAYE deducted contracts, other evidence such as p60 or proof of employment on short term contracts
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of some work between April 2019 – July 2020 and/or proof of work cancelled between April 2020 – March 2021

What next?

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged within 10 working days.

A decision on your application will be made based on the information provided in the application form, associated evidence and information checks that are conducted from other sources. If any data is incomplete or incorrect, or the evidence provided is insufficient, you will be contacted for further information.

If you are unable to provide answers to the queries, your application will be rejected.

The Local Authorities aim to process grant applications within 30 days of receipt.

If your application is approved, you will receive a grant offer by email notifying you of the award of the grant. Grant offers will be open for 14 days – if not accepted within this period the offer will be withdrawn. Grants will be paid on the basis that 100% of the grant is paid up front.

You must accept the grant offer by e-mail before payment can be made.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email outlining the reasons for rejection, and there will be no appeal process.

If you have any questions regarding the support available, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation

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