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Frequently asked questions

I have worked in front of and behind camera? Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes – you are still eligible to apply if you have worked in multiple roles both in front of and behind camera as long as you can demonstrate that the majority of your recent experience is in a behind the camera role

If the majority of your work is front of camera and you are not eligible, you may be able to apply for help from the Actors Benevolent Fund, Equity Charitable Trust or the Royal Variety Charity.


I am a filmmaker working in the arts sector or mainly in marketing/ corporate events. Am I able to apply?

We can consider a portfolio of work that includes different genres as long as you can demonstrate that the majority of your recent experience is in a film or TV behind the camera role.

If we aren’t able to help, others organisations may be able to help including Arts Council, NABS and other industry charities.


I earnt over £50,000 last year so I am not eligible for the Governments Self-employment Income Support Scheme. Am I eligible to apply?

No, however you may be able to apply to the  Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund


I trade through a limited company and intend to self-furlough through the Job Retention Scheme. However, I have no money now and most of my income comes from dividend rather than profits. Can I apply?

No, but you may be eligible for the  Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund if your anticipated support from the JRS will be less than £800 per month


Can I apply for this if I have had other recent grants from the Charity?

Yes, you are eligible to apply if you have previously received a grant from the Film and Television Charity.


Can I apply for the Emergency Relief Fund and the Repayable Grant Scheme?

You are only eligible to apply to both funds if you are eligible for SEISS and anticipate receiving less than £800 per month income support. However, you can only be awarded by one or other scheme; not both.

If you are eligible and do intend to apply for both schemes your application for the Emergency Relief Fund will be considered first, and your application for the Repayable Grants Scheme considered second. Therefore, we advise that you complete your application for the Emergency Relief Fund first and then note on the Repayable Grant scheme that you are applying for both schemes and you will not need to re-enter all your details.

Why are you asking for grants to be repaid?

The Repayable Grants Scheme is designed specifically to support self-employed workers who are eligible for Government support through the SEISS but who are facing difficulties with their cashflows until the payments are made in early June. Payments from the SEISS will be backdated from 1st March and so we are asking that the grants are repaid when this support is received so that that we can reutilise our funds to help other industry workers without alternative means of support.

When will I be asked to repay my grant?

The grants are intended to bridge the gap until the Government SEISS payments are made. The Government have indicated that this will be early June and therefore we suggest that grants could be repaid in three equal instalments in June, July and August, with repayment complete by September 2020.

What if I find out I am not eligible for SEISS after I receive the grant?

We are a charity whose mission is to support people working behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema. For nearly 100 years we have been helping people in moments of crisis get back on their feet.  So, should you in good faith find that you are not eligible for the support you anticipated from the SEISS we would work with you to find a solution.

What if I can’t afford to repay the grant?

If you are eligible for SEISS you should get a payment backdated to 1st March 2020 and we hope that this payment will enable you to repay the grant. If for any reason you cannot afford to pay the grant, we would ask that you contact the charity to discuss your situation and we will try to help. This scheme is based on trust and the goodwill of the film and TV community to act in good faith during this difficult time so that we can continue to support those in the greatest need.


I applied for funding from the charity before 8th April for financial support relating to Covid-19 pandemic.

Yes. since the beginning of the Covid-19 situation, the Charity has enabled people facing urgent financial hardship to apply for support of up to £500 from the charities open grant scheme.

Now that we have launched the Covid-19 specific funds, these original Support Grants will no longer accept applications from people experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19.

Anyone that applied for our support grants up until end of day 7th April is still eligible to apply for the Emergency Relief Fund or the Repayable Grants Scheme, but we may take any previous funding into account.


I can’t see my job area listed in the drop down, am I still eligible?

Yes, if you work in a role behind the scenes in film, TV or cinema you are eligible to apply. Please just detail your role in the form and ensure that you include an up-to-date CV or links to your experience on a professional website such as IMBd or LinkedIn


Will my previous income / my previous household income have a bearing on my application even though this is no longer a reflection of my current financial situation?

We may take this into account if we have more eligible applications than we can support. Previous income will be taken as one indicator of your financial resilience but will be considered alongside a number of other factors.


When I fill out the budget section what is meant by my ‘anticipated income’?

This is any income or accessible savings that you currently anticipate you will have access to in order to support you over the next three months. It is not your usual income or the income you were expecting before the Covid-19 pandemic


If I am successful and receive a repayable grant am I able to seek further support from other Film & TV Charity funds in the future?

Yes, if you are awarded a grant through this scheme you will still be able to apply for support from the charity in the future.


I applied for your support grants but was pointed towards this fund, if I am not successful can I reapply for the support grant?

Not at the moment. All our funding for the Covid-19 pandemic is being awarded via our two targeted funds – the Emergency Relief Fund and the Repayable Grant Scheme.  However, as long as this crisis continues, we will continue offering support and will seek to run additional rounds of funding.


If I get turned down for support can I appeal?

The decision of the charity is final. Unfortunately, we cannot enter correspondence about funding decisions. However, if you are unhappy with the way the charity has dealt with your application and you wish to make a complaint please read our complaints policy.


Will you do further rounds of this funding in the future?

No one knows how long this Covid-19 pandemic will continue to impact us but, as long as this crisis continues, we will seek to continue offering support.


If I get turned down, can I apply again in the future?

Yes, if you are turned down on this occasion you will be welcome to apply again for any Covid-19 or other charity funding schemes. Please note that different schemes have different eligibility criteria.


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