COVID-19: culture, tourism, leisure and sports

Information and guidance related to culture, tourism, leisure and sport.

Available funding 

Cultural Recovery Fund

Round 2 of the Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund administered Emergency Resource Support Fund is open now as a rolling programme for cultural and heritage organisations that are able to demonstrate, via cashflow forecast, they are at risk of ceasing to trade viably within 12 weeks of the point of application. Applications can be submitted until 28 January 2022 with decisions communicated within six weeks, where possible. Applications are subject to permission to apply being granted, at which point applications must be made within 5 working days. The latest they can accept a permission to apply request is 12pm (midday) on 11 January 2022

Arts Council England guidance

National Lottery Heritage Fund guidance

Support and guidance from the LGA 

Creative places – supporting your local creative economy

CTS improvement support during COVID-19

Parks fit for the future
Case study research co-funded by the LGA and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, demonstrating the financial impact of COVID-19 on council parks services.

Official Government information


GOV.UK – Culture Recovery Fund

Hospitality and other entertainment industries

GOV.UK – guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaways

GOV.UK guidance for the visitor economy

Outdoor leisure and tourism

GOV.UK – safer public places – urban centres and green spaces

Heritage and culture

GOV.UK – libraries as a statutory service

GOV.UK guidance for people working in heritage locations 


GOV.UK  guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation 

Other useful information

Arts, entertainment and other creative leisure

Culture recovery fund: data

BFI: culture recovery fund for Independent cinemas

COVID-19 advice, guidance and funding measures for individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations

Get Creative  Get Creative at Home

Heritage and culture

Heritage fund – support for the heritage sector in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Resources for libraries to run online and digital creative services

Outdoor leisure and sport 

Uniting the Movement: Sport England Strategy 

Uniting the movement: Implementation plan years 2-4 (2022-2025)

Lawn Tennis Association guidance 

Examples of emerging good practice from councils

Good practice in the cultural sector

LGA hub: COVID-19 and council best practice