17.Mar.2020

ABF notice regarding Coronavirus

The Actors’ Benevolent Fund is receiving a great many requests for help linked to coronavirus.

We are a small organisation and aim to respond to enquiries as quickly as possible, but please be patient awaiting a response. The ABF is considering applications from professional actors, actresses and stage managers who:

  • Have contracted Covid-19, or are self-isolating because they are unwell, and;
  • Applied for Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance (or, are already in receipt of any means-tested benefits)

Please think carefully before you apply, and check that you are eligible to apply.

With so many people asking for help we have to take difficult decisions about the support we can provide. It may be the case that even if you meet the ABF’s eligibility criteria, we may not be able to offer you any support. If that is the case, we will signpost you towards other organisations that might be able to help.

If you have any questions, please call us on 020 7836 6378.


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The Actors' Benevolent Fund is receiving a great many enquiries linked to coronavirus. The ABF is a small organisation and aims to respond to enquiries as quickly as possible, but please be patient awaiting a response.

In addition to the charity's standard eligibility criteria, the ABF is considering applications from professional actors, actresses and stage managers who have:

Please check that you are eligible to apply before submitting an enquiry.

With so many people asking for help we have to take difficult decisions about the support we can provide. It may be the case that even if you meet the ABF’s eligibility criteria, we may not be able to offer you any support. If we cannot help you, we will signpost you towards other organisations that might be able to help.