Can’t see a way out? Need a bit of help to keep going? We can help. We offer a range of grants for travel, family issues or to help you develop your talent. Read more below and find out how to apply.
COVID-19 Recovery Fund
The Film and TV COVID-19 Recovery Fund has been created to reach people in the industry most affected by COVID-19. Offering financial and wellbeing support over six months to help people to sustain themselves and their careers through and out of the pandemic. We’re able to provide grants of £750 a month for up to six months (up to £4,500) to active workers in film, TV and cinema affected by the crisis who are the least financially resilient, and who are the most at risk professionally and personally.
Support Grants: for immediate help
If you’re facing unexpected costs or a short-term financial shortfall, our one-off grants could get you through. You’ll need at least 2 years’ (proven) professional experience behind the scenes in the UK film, TV and cinema industry to apply. We’re unfortunately not able to help front of camera talent.
Grants are usually between £200- £800 but might be higher in exceptional circumstances. They could cover things like an unexpected bill, urgent repairs, medical costs or essential white goods.
For more resources related to financial help, please have a look at our financial advice.
Please note that these grants are for urgent and immediate financial need only. Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide ongoing financial support to cover long periods without work due to COVID- 19, but there are other ways we may be able to help- take a look at our specific Covid-19 help and advice page.
John Brabourne Awards: unlocking talent
When you have proved what you can do, but are facing hurdles, you deserve a helping hand. The John Brabourne Awards is a talent development programme named in honour of the legendary film producer. He produced some of the greats of British cinema, which received a total of five Oscars® and 21 nominations. John cared passionately about helping people in the industry to build their own careers.
Each award can be up to £5,000 and can support a range of projects, including film or TV production, scriptwriting and development, or education and training courses.
Going Places Awards
A sustainable career, wherever you live
Travel costs that arise because of where you live shouldn’t stand in the way of securing your career. We want to help level the playing field by offsetting those costs for people who need help getting to interviews, pitching for commissions, building their professional networks or accessing training far from where they live.
The fund offers awards from £100 up to a maximum of £1,500 (per person per year) towards the cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence.
Family Support Fund
For carers with careers
Caring for loved ones? This fund is here to help professionals with caring responsibilities to protect and advance their careers. You can apply for short-term support to help you make alternative arrangements for your child, parent, partner or, at our discretion, other significant people in your life.
Get up to £1,500 per person per year so you can take part in interviews, meetings, training, networking and return to work.
Please Note: The Family Support Fund is able to help with alternative care arrangements. If COVID-19 means you’re unable to pay household bills or meet other costs related to your family’s welfare please see our advice and support.