The Carers’ Support Fund aims to help screen industry professionals with caring responsibilities to seize opportunity and transform their careers.
How? By offering short-term financial support to individuals or families to help you make alternative arrangements for those you care for while pursuing your career.
Support is open to those with any kind of primary or co-caring responsibility, whether that’s for children, partners, parents, or in some cases, other significant people in your life.
The Carers’ Support Fund offers awards up to a total £1,500 per person over a maximum of 12 months. However, we may accept further requests for support from 1 year after the end an award.
How does COVID affect my application?
We understand that many people are currently struggling to balance caring responsibilities and work. However, this fund is limited and we’re currently prioritising applicants who have received offers of paying work which they won’t be able to take up without support.
We will observe current Government guidance as it applies in the different nations of the UK.
Please Note: The Carers’ Support Fund is only 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, a Support Grant may be available.
Am I eligible?
The fund is open to anyone with a total of two years of professional experience in any behind-the-camera role in film, television or exhibition. Some of that experience may be in unpaid work, like internships or work placements, but these must have been conducted in a professional setting and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must not have a family income of over £50,000 per annum.
All cases are considered individually. However, we are unlikely to be able to support applications which are about enabling you to take part in meetings, training or events. We are also unlikely to be able to support work on funded or speculative projects in development.