Museum Freelance Covid-19 Hardship Fund - Museums Association

Museum Freelance Covid-19 Hardship Fund

Museum Freelance has announced that their Covid-19 Hardship Fund has reopened with a £7,500 grant, which will be allocated as 15 x £500 grants distributed by the Museums Association.

The grants will provide emergency support for freelancers who work with museums, heritage sites, galleries, archives and libraries in the UK.

The Fund is for freelancers who are in urgent need of critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on their work and livelihood, and who have not been eligible for and received the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), or furlough payments from the Job Retention Scheme.

The Fund has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from a charitable trust that wishes to remain anonymous.


Applications are now open and will close at 12.00pm on Monday 4 January 2021. Applicants will be notified about the outcome by Monday 11 January 2021 and successful applicants will receive their grant via the Museums Association by Monday 25 January 2021.


All eligibility criteria are available to browse on the Museum Freelance website.

You are eligible and welcome to apply this time if you applied for the Museum Freelance Hardship Fund in August 2020, provided you didn’t receive a grant and still meet the other eligibility criteria.

Apply now

To apply now, complete this short Google Form.

More information

Further information about the Fund and its administration is available on the Museum Freelance website. You are also welcome to contact with any questions you may have about the grants.