Covid-19 Support

Support During the Coronavirus Outbreak 

We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely and we know it is very challenging for everyone. Our paramount concern is the health & wellbeing of our team, artists, participants, audiences and local community. We are already heartened by how kind and supportive so many of you have been and, as things continue to change daily, everyone at Activate will do all that we can to support those in our local arts and creative sector.

There is a wealth of knowledge across our communities so we thought we’d signpost to some of the information we feel might be most relevant right now.

Work in the arts and cultural sector?

Voluntary Arts have set up #CreativeNetwork, a daily get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity. Daily, 9.30-10.30am

Make the most of your time at home with free online learning. Create in a Public Space is a MOOC available to all packed with tools and inspiration to help you understand and play a role in artistic creation in a public space.

Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance have got a whole host of resources for arts practitioners and organisations.

Follow the latest updates from Arts Council England here - updated 31 March with guidance on how to apply for emergency funding for organisations outside the portfolio and individuals / freelancers working in the sector.

This 'lost earnings log' from producer Laura Sweeney might be useful for individuals looking to recoup costs through grant / funding applications.  

Creative Industries Federation have a dedicated page for advice and resources

Join Assembly! on Facebook every morning from 8.50am. Get up, get dressed and get together for 10 minutes of readings, songs, demonstrations etc.

If you’ve moved your event or art project online during this period, consider submitting it to the Social Distancing Festival.

Take a look at the latest government advice to businesses here.


Based in Dorset?

Dorset Council’s website has updates on the current situation, including information on government support for businesses

If you’re able to volunteer in Dorset, or require help yourself, there is information from Dorset Council.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have set up ‘Together We Can’ community response.

Dorset Growth Hub are offering support for Dorset businesses.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership have advice on the current situation.

There are food and drink delivery services across the county, find out more from Dorset Food and Drink.

For those running projects in rural areas, The Prince's Countryside Fund has opened a 'Rural Response Emergency Grants Programme'.


Looking for some relief?

Check out the Social Distancing Festival.

The Royal Opera House is offering free online performances of ballet and opera.

Access behind the scenes tours of arts institutions across the globe via Google Arts and Culture.

Stay connected with Fun Palaces tiny revolutions of connection.


We have moved our team to working from home, but we are still very much contactable and would like to share the advice and guidance that we receive along with moral support. We are working closely with other local arts organisations and Arts Council England South West to ensure the negative impact of Coronavirus on our work and those of our peers, friends and colleagues is as minimal as possible.


Staying connected to others is very important at times like this. If you are an artist, freelancer, producer or creative based in Dorset, please do get in touch. Whether you have concerns about the impact of Coronavirus on your work or just want a break from this enforced isolation, we will listen and try to find the best way through this together.

Feel free to contact us via or 01305 260954. Please also visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts where we will continue to share updates, information and ideas that we think might help.