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How Do I Access The Theatre Artists Fund?

IMPORTANT: Please note that the first round of applications is now closed. We have contacted everyone who applied with the result of their application. A further round of applications will open, dependent on sufficient funds being available. Please check this page for further updates.

To apply for a one-off emergency grant of £1,000, you need to fill out an online application form (via Survey Monkey). Please ensure you have read the information here before submitting an application.

Before applying, we strongly encourage you to please read all the information on this page and our FAQ’s or watch the video below.

Deafinitely Theatre are supporting deaf access needs for any deaf applicants wanting to apply. If you would like BSL translation, advice or help to apply please contact Deafinitely Theatre directly by sending an email or BSL video to info@deafinitelytheatre.co.uk.


When is the fund open to applications?
The first round of applications closed on at 12noon on Monday 13th July. A further round of applications will open, dependent on sufficient funds being available. We will update the website with relevant information once this has been confirmed.

How much support can I apply for? 
You can apply for a one-off grant of £1,000.

How do I apply?
To apply you must be 18 or over. When applications re-open, you can apply via an online form (Survey Monkey).

My access requirements mean I will find the online form difficult to understand or complete. How can I apply?
Please get in touch with us via theatreartistsfund@soltukt.co.uk so that we can discuss a different format, or some appropriate support to enable you to apply.  Please include a phone number and make it clear if you would like us to call.

When will I be informed about the outcome of my application?
We have now written to everyone who applied in the first round with the result of their application. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide further feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

If I am successful, how will I receive the grant?
You will be contacted by a member of the Theatre Artists Fund team to request your bank details. The grant will be paid in one instalment.

If I don’t receive a grant will there be an opportunity to apply again?
Our hope is that the fund will increase with donations from individuals and organisations. If we have not given out all the funds after the first round of applications we plan to continue offering funding rounds until the funding is spent. If you were unsuccessful in previous rounds you are able to reapply without prejudice.

Is the grant subject to Income Tax?
It is your responsibility to deal with any Income Tax liability arising from the grant.

How will you be verifying information?
We will ask you to supply a name and contact information of a theatre professional whom (between January 2019 and March 2020) you have worked with to verify and support your application.

Which roles are eligible to apply?
The full list of roles can be found here. Whilst we understand the current crisis has affected everyone across the entire theatre ecology, this fund has been set up specifically to support freelancers whose professional theatre role has a direct influence on what is seen on stage.

You may be eligible for support from other theatrical charities. Please visit https://theatresupport.info/ for more information.

If my role is eligible, am I guaranteed to receive a grant?
Sadly, due to the scale of the crisis and our limited funds we are unlikely to be able to give a grant to every applicant.

How will you decide who receives the grants?
Applications will be decided on a points based system where hardship and need are assessed first, followed by applicants from underrepresented groups disproportionally effected by the crisis.

Where can I find the eligibility criteria?
The essential eligibility criteria are listed on question 6 of the application form immediately after your contact details.

Why have you included Section 3 on the application form and if I do not fill it in will my application be affected?
The questions in section 3 are optional but if required we may use some of the information in this section to help us evaluate those most in need. The questions in this section will also be used by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre to assess the demographics of people who are applying for this fund in order that we can use this information in our broader remit of supporting the sector and lobbying the government and statutory bodies.

Will the information in this survey be shared with anyone?
All identifiable information in this survey will solely be used to assess your application. Anonymised diversity statistics may be used by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre for broader theatre sector activity at a later date.

How have you decided the criteria for underrepresented groups?
We have been working in consultation with freelance groups, charities, campaigners and experts to ensure our criteria fulfil the aims of this fund. Our aim is to reach those most in financial need hardship and also the underrepresented groups disproportionally affected by the crisis.

Why do you need documentation as proof?
Whilst we operate the fund on a trust basis (i.e. we believe what you tell us) it is useful for us to receive one item of proof across all the essential criteria to ensure multiple applications are not being made.

I have worked for 8 weeks over many short and sometimes part-time roles, which I cannot outline in the survey – how can I ensure this information reaches you?
If you have worked for more than 5 roles to reach 8 weeks work you can upload your CV or a list of these roles in question 12, although this is optional.

I am a recent drama school graduate so have only been able to work since September 2019. Am I eligible?
You are eligible to apply if you have worked professionally for 8 weeks since January 2019 – March 2020.

Is this a hardship grant or an arts grant?
The Theatre Artists Fund is a hardship grant to provide emergency support and short term relief for freelance theatre workers across the UK.  The fund is not for arts projects and equally any funding you may have received or may receive in the future for arts projects does not apply when applying for this fund. Please note the ACE Project Fund does not count as an emergency grant in this context.

Why were applications only open for one week?
We felt that one week was the correct amount of time to allow those who might apply to hear about the fund, share with networks and apply, whilst also ensuring applications are assessed at pace and this essential funding is received by those in need as quickly as possible.

I have another question, how can you help?
If you have a question that is not listed here, please send an email to theatreartistsfund@soltukt.co.uk