The Fund supports professional actors and stage managers who are unable to work because of:

  • injury
  • illness
  • or old age

Please note that, if you are a dancer, a singer or a variety performer or if you are a member of the theatrical profession and have children under 19, there are other charities which may be able to help you. Please see the bottom of our Apply page to browse links to the other charities which may be able to help.

What can the ABF help with?

The ABF can help you manage your household expenses until you get back on your feet. We may be able to support you with a weekly payment as well as small grants for household bills, such as utilities, home insurance, and car insurance. We may also be able to help with larger, one-off payments, such as disability aids or kitchen appliances. We can also offer advice on which benefits you may be eligible for, to ensure you are receiving all the support you are entitled to. Please be aware that the support we offer is on a case-by-case basis; we'll keep in contact with you to make sure that what we offer you is suitable for your circumstances.

Can the ABF help students?

We do not support students. As we support professional actors and stage managers, only those with substantial acting credits on their CV are eligible to apply.

Can the ABF help me with my care home fees?

If you'd like us to consider helping with your care home fees, please contact us to discuss how we might be able to support you.

Do I have to apply online?

You can apply via the online form here; however if you're unable to do so, you can either download the form and send it to us, or contact us to request a hard copy.

When will my application be considered?

Applications are considered by the trustees of the ABF at a meeting held on the last Thursday of each month. To make sure we can process your application in time, please send it to us by the Friday before the date of the meeting.

What happens if I need emergency help?

If you have an emergency and would like your application to be considered between trustee meetings, please call 020 7836 6378 or email office@abf.org.uk for advice. 

Is my application confidential?

Yes - all applications are confidential. We are able to approach other theatrical charities on your behalf, but will only do so with your permission.

Do I need to send in any other information?

As part of your application, we ask you to send us: a completed application form; bank statements covering at least the last two months; and a recent letter from your doctor or medical professional. The bank statements should be from your main account, from which you pay your bills/rent/mortgage. If you don't have a Spotlight PIN, please send in a copy of your CV. We only need a medical letter if you are applying due to injury or illness; if you are applying due to old age, there is no need to include this. If your doctor or healthcare provider charges for the letter, we can reimburse you any reasonable fee. Please send in a copy of the receipt and details of how to pay you. We will reimburse you for this cost whether or not your application is successful.

For more information, please contact the office:

6 Adam Street
London WC2N 6AD

020 7836 6378


Office Hours   Mon - Fri: 9 - 5pm