Financial support

Help with money worries

Can’t see a way out? Need financial support with your commitments? We can help. The Film and TV Charity offers a range of grants for travel, family issues or to help you develop your talent. Read more below and see how to apply.

Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been created in partnership with the BFI. We’re able to provide one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Please note, applications will be assessed based on need, not when we receive them.

Applications will close: 6pm Wednesday 22nd April 2020

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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.

We’re currently able to offer grants of up to £500 to cover urgent and immediate needs. They could cover things like your general living costs, essential white goods, urgent repairs or medical costs.

Please note that this fund is for general support and is not for needs arising specifically from the coronavirus. Applications relating to coronavirus will not currently be accepted via this scheme.

 If you are seeking financial support as a result of work lost or unavailable due to coronavirus, please apply for one of our specific Covid-19 funds.  

To apply, contact the Support Line


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.

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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 are unable to pay household bills or meet other costs related to your family’s welfare please see our advice and support.

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What if I need in-depth help?

If you’re in a tricky situation or dealing with lots of issues, we may be able to give you a deeper level of help. We have a small team of case workers who can be in touch over a 3 to 6 month period, helping you to find a way forward.

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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.

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