Alternative Funding Sources

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.

6 Adam Street, London WC2N 6AD
020 7836 6378

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

Denville Hall

A care home for elderly actors (residential, nursing and dementia care).

62 Ducks Hill Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2SB
01923 825843

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.

Plouviez House, 19 Hatton Place, London EC1N 8RU
020 7831 1926

The Grand Order Of Water Rats Charities Fund

Grants for professional entertainers and their dependants.

328 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8BZ
0207 278 3248

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
07980 505379

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.

11 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9AR
020 7836 3322.

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 Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
020 7212 9128

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.

26 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6BT
020 7629 6137

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.

11 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9AR
020 7240 6062

Theatre Chaplaincy UK

Pastoral and practical support for performers of all faiths and none.

St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED
020 7240 0344

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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