Financial help when you need it most

Welfare Grants

It's not easy asking for money, but often that’s a reality that comes hand in hand with the uncertainties of this volatile profession. Our one-off welfare grants are there to help you stem the shortfall when faced with an unforeseen medical, financial or professional event. 

  • I cannot thank Equity Charitable Trust enough. After an accident which left me in the position of possibly being unable to walk, they paid for all my specialised physiotherapy, which enabled me to be mobile. Thank you again, Equity Charitable Trust. I will never forget you.

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  • Equity Charitable trust offered me a lifeline in the form of a grant. Their help made my burden a little bit lighter. Thank you so much!

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  • I just wanted to write to thank you for your wonderful generosity in helping us with our heating system and financial difficulty. We are both incredibly humbled at your kindness and I can’t tell you how much pressure it has taken off us. We are both full time jobbing actors and as you know it’s incredibly tough and cash flow fluctuates on an extreme level. The ECT has REALLY helped us to breathe and sleep a little easier.

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  • Following a serious road accident I became chronically disabled and unable to get about. The Trust gave me my independence back by part funding a special particularly hefty motorised wheelchair. They also alerted me to unclaimed benefits from the state and were very helpful.

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  • I am indebted to the Equity Charitable Trust for their financial support, they helped me to move homes, when I was threatened with eviction, at a time when I was unable to work due to ill health.

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How grants are made

We are here to help you look at your situation with a fresh pair of eyes.  Whether you need debt or benefits advice, or help with overcoming an accident or paying a bill, we will do our best to get you back on your feet.

Who is eligible?

Industry professionals who are eligible for an Equity card; please note however that you’re not required to be a current Equity member in order to apply.

Each case is considered on its own merit and is dealt with in complete confidence.


The Trustees convene every two months to consider applications, and you will be notified directly thereafter. In exceptional circumstances, emergency payments can be made between meetings.

Apply Now

Download the Welfare Grants application form.

Send the completed form, professional CV and any supporting documentation (such as medical correspondence, copies of outstanding bills or a doctor's note), via email since we're not accepting post, to

Either Rosalind Ambrose, our Welfare Officer or Kaethe Cherney, the Secretary, will get back to you thereafter.



  • We don’t cover credit card debt
  • We prefer to pay the provider directly when possible