To be eligible for ACT funding, the child must have a parent who is a professional actor. Our charity rules insist on this.

This means that a significant part of your income for most of your working life will have come from acting jobs.  The Trustees will look at your acting CV to establish eligibility.

Eligible acting jobs include named characters with speaking roles, whether on stage, TV or film, in role play, TIE, corporates or commercials. We are not able to fund presenters or people who have mainly played “extra” roles. Named roles in musical theatre are eligible; opera jobs are not. 

Some actors have only worked overseas but their child lives in the UK and so is eligible for ACT’s funding. The committee will still need to see a proper acting CV for the parent actor.

We usually give grants to families where the household income is less than £40,000 but this is not an absolute rule.

Please do get in touch before making a full application to ACT. It is confidential and we can see if you are likely to be eligible for help.

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We understand it is a big step to contact a charity. If you are looking at this on behalf of an actor friend, please do get in touch by phone or email. There is no need to tell us the actor’s name at this stage. We are friendly and our help is confidential.

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