If, for some reason, we’re unable to support you, here are other sources of alternative funding which may be more appropriate to your situation
ABF: Actors’ Benevolent Fund
Grants for actors and theatre stage managers who are unable to work because of illness, accident or old age.
ACT: The Actors’ Children’s Trust
Helps the children of actors in need of support during a family crisis, such as bereavement, disability or illness. Also give advice on benefits and sources of help. Welfare grants – including regular payments, one-off assistance, payment for extra-curricular activities, childcare, special needs support, etc. Does not pay school fees.
58 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QT
020 7636 7868
BBC Benevolent Fund (BBC) and Grace Wyndham Goldie Trust Fund
BBC Benevolent Fund – one-off hardship grants for anyone in need who has worked for the BBC on a continuing contract. Grace Wyndham Goldie Trust – hardship and educational grants for those who’ve been engaged in broadcasting, including their dependants.
BBC Pension and Benefit Centre, Broadcasting House, Cardiff CF5 2YQ
029 2032 3772
British Association For Performing Arts Medicine
4th Floor, Totara Park House, 34-36 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HR
Helpline: 0845 602 0235 (outside London) 020 7404 8444 (London)
Dancers’ Career Development (DCD)
Grants towards retraining and career development advice. Eligibility criteria for financial support, but advice free to all professional dancers. No grants for dance training itself, or for medical bills.
Plouviez House, 19-20 Hatton Place, London EC1N 8RU
020 7831 1449
A care home for elderly actors (residential, nursing and dementia care).
62 Ducks Hill Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2SB
Drury Lane Theatrical Fund
Membership Fund. For actors, singers, dancers and stage management, aged 40 or under who have worked at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. No educational grants.
18 Dudley Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 8PN
020 8542 5782
The Royal Variety Charity, formerly The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (EABF)
Grants and care home for all light entertainment artistes including circus. Does not pay student fees.
Brinsworth House, 72 Staines Road, Twickenham TW2 5AL
020 8898 8164
Equity Benevolent Fund
For members of Equity in need of emergency help. Small one-off grants and free advice on welfare benefits. Does not fund students or care home fees.
Guild House, Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9EG
020 7379 6000, option 1
Equity Charitable Trust (formerly Equity Trust Fund)
Grants and money advice for anyone eligible for Equity membership (i.e. performers, stage manager, directors) including help with re-training. ECT also funds convalescent and other holidays through the Evelyn Norris Trust.
The Grand Order Of Water Rats Charities Fund
Grants for professional entertainers and their dependants.
Help Musicians UK
Grants and advice for professional musicians, including teachers, performers and singers, and their dependants, in need due to illness, old age, or temporary misfortune.
7 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JS
020 7239 9100
Royal National Theatre Foundation
Advice and grants for anybody who has worked at the National Theatre. No student grants.
National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
020 7452 3876
The Ralph & Meriel Richardson Foundation
Grants for British actors (and their spouses or children) who merit recognition.
c/o Suite 23, 19 Cavendish Square, London W1A 2AW
Dance Professionals Fund
Gives assistance to present and former dance professionals in need. Be it illness, injury, financial or personal difficulties, the Dance Professionals Fund (DPF) is there to help.
113 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XG
The Royal Theatrical Fund
Grants for anyone who has professionally practised or contributed to the theatrical arts for at least 7 years, their families and dependants, who cannot work through illness, infirmity or adversity. No grants for student or school fees.
The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund
Grants for any permanent employee of the Royal Opera House or Birmingham Royal Ballet past or present, or their dependants.
Royal Society of Musicians
Provides immediate financial assistance to musicians unable to work due to accident, illness or old age. Being a charity run by musicians for musicians, the society is uniquely placed to fully understand the challenges faced within the profession.
The Theatrical Guild (TTG)
Supports anyone who has worked backstage and front of house in professional theatre. Offers access to counselling, welfare advice and financial aid. Also offers educational sponsorship for non performance relating training/retraining.
Theatre Chaplaincy UK
Pastoral and practical support for performers of all faiths and none.
Catholic Association of Performing Arts
For chaplaincy and pastoral support.
Corpus Christi, 1 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NB
020 7240 1221
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