A fund to provide grants to theatre workers in the UK who are in financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Royal Theatrical Fund
Distributed by DryWrite, this programme is administered by the Royal Theatrical Fund.
Objectives of Fund
The Fleabag Support Fund partners with charities in responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The fund provides support to freelancers working in theatre, comedy and cabaret who are unable to work as a direct result of the pandemic. It is a small crisis grant that will reflect and recognise that people have an immediate need.
The Fund aims to be a complimentary alternative support grant to the already existing charitable funds available to people working in theatre at this time.
The Fund will provide grants of £2,500 to freelancers working in the theatre industry who are in urgent financial need.
Who Can Apply
Those who have worked professionally in the UK’s theatre industry may be eligible. This includes on stage, front of house, backstage workers, comedians, cabaret performers, commercial dancers, producers, writers, stage managers, actors, technicians and production staff.
Applicants must be based in the UK and must have a UK bank account.
Applicants must have been in active work within the last year in the UK theatre industry.
Applicants will need to supply proof of their current benefit award, for example a screen shot of their Universal Credit award showing how it has been calculated or their tax credits or housing benefit award.
Applicants who have received Self Employment Income Support will need to supply proof of payment or refusal.
Those with over £3,000 in savings will not be considered. Debts will not be taken into consideration. Rental arrears that have been accrued during the crises will be taken into consideration.
How To Apply
The second round for applications opened on Tuesday 14 July 2020. No deadline has been specified at this stage.
Interested parties should read the full eligibility and criteria online before submitting an application to [email protected]
Useful documents & links
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Fleabag Support Fund
Royal Theatrical Fund
11 Garrick Street
Tel: 020 7836 3322
Email: [email protected]