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Application for Assistance

Please note: Applicants are required to be NSW residents, though exceptional circumstances may be considered. 

Other States have their own Benevolent Funds, or similar. 

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All information provided in this form is strictly confidential.

The Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW offers three types of grants:

1. Annual Grant

This grant of up to $3,720.00 is paid in monthly installments of $310.00. An allowance may be made for a 6-month or 12-month period, and may be extended or renewed following further application to, and at the discretion of, the Committee. It is available to those who are unable to work, or whose working hours have been reduced for a prolonged period due to injury, illness, accident or disability. This grant is designed to supplement other government benefits being received and is to assist with general living expenses.

Eligibility:
  • You are a current resident of NSW.
  • You have worked professionally in theatre, film or television for a minimum of 5 years.
  • You have demonstrated significant financial need.
  • You have limited forms of income available to you.

It is understood that the recipient would suffer significant financial hardship without this grant.

Recipients are required to inform the ABF of any changes that affects their income. Further, recipients may have the terms of their grant reviewed at the discretion of the Committee.

2. Small Grant

The fund, under certain circumstances, and at the discretion of the committee, will provide grants up to $3,000.00 to assist with urgent and pressing medical and living expenses resulting from injury, illness, accident or disability. This one-off grant can be used to offset the costs associated with paying of bills associated with health or dental issues, to assist with the purchase of essential items or urgent repairs to goods or dwellings, mobility issues, or specific items that are needed in order to continue in your employment. Funds may cover surgery, ongoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy, mental health therapy or the purchase of home medical equipment.

ELIGIBILITY:
  • You are a current resident of NSW.
  • You have worked professionally in the entertainment profession for a minimum of 5 years.
  • You have demonstrated significant financial need.
  • You provide proof of cost of treatment or expense, eg invoice from health provider or quote for equipment.
  • You supply a letter of support from a medical provider outlining the importance and benefit of the treatment.

3. Interest Free Loan

In cases where the applicant is working, or has future work but is experiencing significant financial stress. under certain circumstances and at the discretion of the Committee, a small interest free loan of up to $3,000.00 may be granted. This would be to assist with immediate medical costs associated with treatment resulting from injury, illness, accident or disability and/or significant urgent essential living expenses.

The recipient must fully repay the loan within 12 months of funds being received, unless an alternative arrangement has been made with ABF.

A repayment schedule will be agreed to and must be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace (JP) before the loan is given. It is expected that the recipient will fully understand the commitment involved.

If you are confident you can fully repay the loan in accordance with all of these terms and conditions, please complete an application.

Eligibility:
  • You are a current resident of NSW.
  • You have worked professionally in the entertainment profession for a minimum of 5 years.
  • You have demonstrated significant financial need.
  • You provide proof of cost of treatment or expense, eg. invoice from health provider or quote for equipment.
  • You sign an agreement
All grants and loans are made at the discretion of the Management Committee.

The Management Committee meets on the last Monday of each month to consider all grant applications. If you require urgent assistance email info@actorsbenevolentfund.org.au to request an early assessment.

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