The Actors' Children's Fund
ACT’s Trustees are actors who understand how precarious the business is. They understand the difficulty of juggling last-minute job offers with finding childcare for unsocial hours. They understand that almost every actor will experience times of hardship.
Their help is confidential. Even if one of ACT’s Trustees met you at a casting they would never mention our grants or put you on the spot.
They consider every family individually. The only overall restrictions are that ACT does not pay private school fees (including stage school) or legal fees. ACT is unlikely to award grants if your household income is more than £40,000 a year.
Every child we fund must have a professional actor as a parent – see more information on our eligibility page.
Most ACT grants are for children up to GCSE age, but we also tailor support for 16-18 year olds and 18+ university students and apprentices when funds are available.
There are four other general situations where a lot of actor-parents seek help.
Many actors are worried about money and simply cannot afford to pay bills or their children’s costs or childcare.
Some seek help paying for school meals, uniform, trips and afterschool clubs. Some families value help with special education support for children, for example a child who is dyslexic or autistic. Some parents have to go through hurdles even to get special assessments done – we are here to lobby on your behalf, or fund a private assessment. ACT has a particular focus on grants and support for education and special education.
Families often come to ACT because a parent or child lives with a physical disability or has a serious illness.
When an actor-parent has died, ACT can continue to fund their children through to the age of 21. (We support 15 families in this situation at present.)
ACT is proud to sponsor talented children, mostly in sport or performing arts. The cost of top-level sports training is beyond almost any parent’s income and at least £3,000 a year. The funding needed to get through to Grade 8 on a musical instrument can be £10,000 or more.