Coronavirus support available for creative industry

07/04/2020, PR-9374

​Businesses and individuals across the district who work in the creative sector and are struggling during the coronavirus outbreak are being urged to take part in Wakefield Council’s Creative Challenge 2020.

The Creative Challenge is the Council’s response to supporting the creative and cultural sectors to overcome the difficulties and impact of coronavirus.

Grants from £500 up to £15,000 are up for grabs to support project activity in the short-term and for when the country returns to normality.

Further details of the Creative Challenge and how to apply can be found on the brand new Creative Wakefield website.

The website will also feature further funding and business support opportunities, networking and other events as well as additional regional and national news for cultural and creative businesses.

There will also be an opportunity to promote an individual or business and connect directly with other network members.

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Wakefield’s creative sector is one of its key assets and we want to help the businesses and individuals within it overcome this challenging time and emerge from the crisis stronger than ever.

“Culture and creativity also have a vital role to play in helping to keep our spirits high and giving us all something to look forward to.

“If the coronavirus has impacted on you or your creative business, please have a look at the new website and find out how you could benefit from the programme.”

Please visit the Creative Wakefield website at

To be able to take full advantage of this new tool, please click “Become a Member” and register.

The network is an inclusive and collaborative organisation for individuals, organisations and businesses.

The Creative Wakefield Network, website development and Creative Challenge 2020 are supported by the Cultural Development Fund (CDF). The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funded CDF is administered by Arts Council England.