Coronavirus Emergency Welfare Support

Financial Support for Freelancers

Equity Charitable Trust offers financial assistance for all professional performers and those who work in the theatre profession when they need it most.

Support for professional performers and those who work in the theatre profession, and in particular for freelancers, who are facing financial hardship, is absolutely critical at this difficult and unpredictable time.

Emergency funds announced by Arts Council England, which can be accessed via Equity Charitable Trust and other benevolent funds, will give these freelancers a valuable lifeline to get through this unprecedented crisis period and we are here to help.

Find out more about Arts Council England's financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers here.



These emergency funds are available to all freelance professional performers and those who work in the theatre profession on a freelance basis.

This includes: actors, choreographers, dancers, theatre directors, models, singers, stage management, stand ups, storytellers, stunt performers and co-ordinators, theatre designers, theatre fight directors, TV and radio presenters, variety, circus, cabaret and light entertainment artists, voice artists, walk-on and supporting artists.

We regret that this excludes musicians, drama students or amateur performers.

You are eligible if you have previously worked on an Equity contract, but you do not need to be an Equity member in order to apply.


How to apply

Download the Welfare Grants application form.

Send the completed form together with a CV, via email, to

We are here to support and welcome applications from all theatre industry professionals. Given that D/deaf and Disabled artists will be amongst those most vulnerable during the crisis, applications from D/deaf and Disabled practitioners will be prioritised.

Please note that we are unable to accept applications sent via post as, due to the Coronavirus, our staff will be working remotely and will only be checking the post occasionally.

Applications will be considered on a weekly basis.

Education Grants: Please note that due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Trust will only be reviewing education grants once this year.  Please complete and return your application by noon on Wednesday, August 12th which the Trust will consider at the August 17th meeting. To see more information about how to apply please go to:


If you have any questions, feel free to email us at