Round 3 | Emergency Art Workers Support Fund

Sep 26th 2022

UPDATE: We have now reached capacity on our fund and are closed. Many thanks indeed.

Round 3 | Emergency Art Workers Support Fund

This third round of the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF) will open on Friday 30 September 2022 at 12 noon. The fund will close on Friday 11 November 2022 at midnight.

The EAWSF aims to support those who are continuing to feel the effects of this pandemic and the impact of the cost of living crisis. It is also our hope that this fund might represent an emergence of new possibilities as the creative industries begin to rebuild. With ideas taking root and projects growing, we deliver this fund with a spirit of hope and compassion for our artistic communities as we move into the future.

This round of funding will launch 30 September 2022 and, like previous rounds, will deliver fixed micro-grants of £250 to those demonstrating they meet the requirements of the fund. 

To apply, please throughly read the Guidance Document linked here.

Go to the online application form.


Key information


To be eligible to apply for this fund, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Freelance / self-employed individuals who qualify as Creative Practitioners/Art Workers (Artists, Makers, Curators, Technicians, Art Educators).

  • You must be living and working in Scotland at the time of application OR a current VAS Member based anywhere in the UK.

  • An individual experiencing a significant loss of immediate income at time of applying.

  • An individual unable to work due to sickness, confinement or due to taking on additional care needs of others at time of applying.

  • An individual with at least one of the following: Less than £1000 in bank account/no additional savings/no additional financial support at this time.

  • An individual freelancer or self-employed person in the creative sector who receives more than 30% of their total annual income through self-employed work.

  • In addition, applicants must be able to provide evidence of how their income has been affected by the postponement or cancellation of work, or impacted by rising costs/other financial pressures. (Loss of work must be related to your freelance/industry-specific self-employed role).

Previous applicants/awardees from Round 1 and 2 of the EAWSF can reapply to Round 3.


This fund is available only to individuals, not organisations, committees or charities.


What is the review process for the EAWSF?


Round 3 of this fund will open for applications on ​Friday 30 September 2022, 12 noon and close on Friday 11 November 2022, midnight. ​The VAS Council will then review applications for Round 3 and notifications will be sent to all applicants regardless of the result​. We will then process successful payments as quickly as possible. An individual award of £250 will be granted to each successful applicant until the fund is depleted.

For questions, assistance with your application or alternative formats, please get in touch with us here: