Freelancers working in the cultural and creative sectors in Ogmore and across Wales will be able to apply for their share of a £7m fund – which is targeted specifically at those in the freelance sector hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fund will open for applications on Monday 5th October and will run over two phases. Individuals can apply for a £2,500 grant and are asked to check their eligibility before the application process opens by visiting the https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/culture
Further information on the scheme including guidance and a set of frequently asked questions will be made available before the Fund launches.
The fund will be open to freelancers in the sub sectors of arts, creative industries, arts and heritage events, culture and heritage, whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes.
Ogmore Member of the Senedd Huw Irranca-Davies said: “The Welsh Government’s upcoming Freelance fund will target those that have received little or no support to date, particularly those who have been forced to stop work and/or face difficulty restarting due to the pandemic. restrictions.
Creative freelancers have been hit hard since the outbreak of the pandemic and I’d encourage freelancers across Ogmore to check if they are eligible for this funding.”
In further support of the freelance sector, the Welsh Government is working on a Freelancer’ Pledge, which is a first for the UK.
The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies in Wales to contribute towards a vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language as well as think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other. The Freelancer Pledge presents an opportunity for creative freelancers and public services to forge a partnership to achieve this and for freelancers to use their skills to bring creativity and imagination to all areas of public life.
The partnership work could include co-creating solutions with the community, contributing to local development plans, re-designing town and city centres or bringing new approaches to capital projects. This could be in all areas such as culture through to health or sustainable development and the built environment etc.
The detail of the Freelancer Pledge will be designed over coming months in partnership with the freelancer community and unions. The Pledge will be a voluntary element of the support, and will not be a condition of grant. Support and training will be available to freelancers who wish to participate. Any work conducted as part of the Pledge will be remunerated.