Please note that the ABF emergency grant scheme is being remodelled as we move away from the pandemic to the recovery stage of Covid 19, when different types of help are needed by actors and stage managers. Therefore, the scheme is presently suspended for new applicants.


FAQs about our support for those who are unwell, injured, or unable to work because of their age: 

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 monthly meetings. We'll contact you to talk about the next steps within one working day of receiving your application.

What happens if I need emergency help?

If you have an emergency 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

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If you'd like to apply for support due to injury, illness, or old age, please apply here.