Benefits

Find out about welfare benefits and grants that are relevant for you 
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Working behind the scenes in the film, TV, and cinema industry can bring some unique financial concerns, especially for freelancers. If you’re worried about your income, it’s important to remember that you might be eligible for additional support – and we’re here to help. 

In this section we’ve put together some useful information, tools, and resources that can help you understand what benefits you may be entitled to and what grants you might be able to apply for. 

Check which benefits you might be entitled to

Research suggests that the total amount of unclaimed benefits in the UK is more than £18 billion a year. In the last 12 months, more than two million calculations have been made by people just like you who have been looking for information about what they may be entitled to claim. 

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for: 

  • Work-related benefits if you’re working (including if you’re self-employed) and your household income is below £40,000
  • Benefits if you’re not in work 
  • Child Benefit payments if you have kids 
  • Support with housing costs, including mortgage, rent and Council Tax relief 
  • Benefits if you’re sick, Disabled, or if you’re a carer 
  • Help with costs later in life if you’re around or above retirement age 

Use our free and confidential Benefits Calculator below, to find out which benefits you could be able to claim. 

Grants

There are many charitable organisations that offer non-repayable grants. Eligibility differs from charity to charity, and it usually depends on personal circumstances, but in general you will have to be in financial need or on a low income. 

Turn2Us provides a helpful grants search where you can look for charitable grants that are relevant to you just by entering a few basic details. 

Grants from the Film and TV Charity

  • Stop-Gap Grant 

    Grants of up to £750 open to people from all backgrounds to help manage urgent financial needs or to support with unexpected costs in a crisis.

  • Headshot of Sir Horace Ové, CBE. One of the leading black independent filmmakers to emerge in Britain.

    Sir Horace Ové Grant 

    Grants of up to £500 to help Black and Global Majority people to access opportunity and navigate barriers to career progression.

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