Crisis grant applications are processed faster than other grants. Grants are expected to cover unexpected events that lead to a sudden impact on cash flow. Examples of this might be an unexpected accident that puts an immediate end to your ability to work.

Help with the effect of COVID-19 – Emergency Funding

Guidelines on making an application: please read carefully

Who can apply;

  • Dancers, dance teachers and choreographers whose circumstances have been affected due to COVID-19. (see Eligibly Criteria for who we define as an eligible dance professional under this scheme).
  • Applicants who are in receipt of state benefits can still apply if their cash flow is at a critical level.
  • Applicants will be asked to supply details of any hardship grants they have received from any other charities since March 2020.
  • Applicants who have already received a grant from this charity since March 2020 can apply. 
  • Decisions on applications will take into account the total sum received so far from this charity, if applicable, and/or any grants from other theatre charities currently offering support as a result of COVID-19.
  • The Fund cannot provide any help towards ongoing business costs or business arrears.

Eligibility criteria;

Evidence of three years or more in total (i.e. 36 months) as a dancer, dance teacher or choreographer in the UK*. Applicants must be able to show that they were recently in paid employment in the dance profession prior to the start of COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Dancers and choreographers working in the following dance styles are eligible;
  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Dancesports
  • Street Dance
  • South Asian Dance
  • Dance Teachers teaching in the following dance styles are eligible;
  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Dancesports
  • Street Dance
  • South Asian Dance
  • Modern Theatre Dance


  • At least 50%, of your income from the list above must come from your dance employment (within the last three years).
  • Applicants with savings of more than £6,000 will not be eligible (unless being held for specific purpose, such as HMRC payment – evidence will be required).
  • Applicants must live in the UK, and hold a bank account with an address in the UK.

*Applications from those who have danced, taught or choreographed professionally for under three years in the UK may be considered if COVID-19 has prevented them reaching the three-year threshold (evidence of loss of work preventing them reaching the three-year threshold will be required). D/deaf and/or disabled applicants who apply will be given priority.

What you can apply for;

Grants are intended primarily for any of the following purposes.

  • Food and household expenses
  • Help with rent or mortgage
  • Communications, e.g. your personal mobile phone or broadband

How the grants are allocated:

  • Grants may be paid in more than one instalment.
  • Grants will take into account factors such as household type (for example, if the applicant has children who live with them either part time or full time).

How grants will be awarded;

  • Grants will be assessed on a rolling basis until March 2021 and then reviewed.

How the grants will be paid to you;

  • If your grant is successful, you will be notified via email and any payments will be made directly into your personal bank account.

Making an Application;

 If after reading the guidelines you wish to apply, please read this checklist of requirements before submitting your application form:

Essential documentation:

 An application form signed and dated by you.

 A recent and comprehensive CV of your professional dance career, including specific dates of each contract/employment, i.e. dd/mm/yy. CV must be PDF or Word format.

 Your most recent bank statement

Within your application, please provide:

  • A clear statement that outlines why you need our help financially.
  •  Income and expenditure demonstrating current levels of each, not what you would have been earning prior to COVID-19 if it is different. Include details of all income and any benefits you are receiving. Support you have received from government schemes SEISS or CJRS should be listed under ‘Other income’.
  • Details of all funding you have received or are receiving from any charity such as other benevolent funds within the last twelve months must be provided.
  •  Details of all funding provided to you by this charity within the last twelve months must be provided.
  •  If submitting evidence of work cancelled due to COVID-19 as part of your application; emails and texts are acceptable so long as there is enough information to be able to verify loss of employment. Cancelled work does not need to be in England, so long as you can satisfy the criteria listed above
  •  If you are in a personal partnership, your partner’s current income along with your combined household income, e.g. full rental cost, not 50%.
  • If you have children, details of the caring arrangement – e.g. do they live with you part-time, full-time?
  • If you are a carer of someone other than your children, full details of the caring arrangement.


Applications that are incompletely filled out, and/or applications without the essential supporting documentation requested, will be rejected.


If you have any queries about completing the application form, and you wish to get advice then please submit your query via our contact form (link to contact form).  We aim to respond to you within three working days.

We encourage you to complete your application online; however, if you prefer, you can download an application form as a PDF or request us to send an application form by post

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Additional sources of help

The Society of London Theatre has a resource page including a list of other charities offering assistance across the entire theatre profession:

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