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How Do I Access The Theatre Artists Fund?

Applications for £1,000 emergency grants are currently closed while we raise further funds.

When applications re-open (subject to funds), for an emergency grant of £1,000, you need to fill out an online application form (via Survey Monkey). There will be a PDF of the application form here for you to read in advance. The orange button at the bottom of this page will go live and take you to the online form.

Please ensure you have read all the eligibility information and FAQs below before you apply.


When is the fund open to applications?
Applications are currently closed and will re-open once we have received further donations.

I have previously received a grant from the Theatre Artists Fund, can I re-apply?
If you have received only one grant (totally £1,000), previously, you are able to re-apply. If you have received two grants (totally £2,000), you are not eligible to re-apply. All applications will be assessed on the basis of hardship and being a previously recipient does not guarantee additional support.

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

How do I apply?
To apply you must be 18 or over. Please read through the eligibility criteria and click on the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this page when it goes live.

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.

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. Please see a BSL video about the application process on this page.

When will I be informed about the outcome of my application?
The latest application round closed on the 13th January 2021. We have now contacted all applicants with the outcome of their application. Do please check your junk mail before contacting us at theatreartistsfund@soltukt.co.uk.

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, leading to further round of applications. 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?
Please read the information on this page carefully before applying. 

Why have you included Section 6 and 7 on the application form and if I do not fill it in will my application be affected?
The questions in section 6 and 7 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 disproportionately 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 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 (a 15 month period). Please see the note regarding D/deaf and disabled applicants on this page.

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 Grant does not count as an emergency grant in this context.

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


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