The Film and TV Charity have announced a new Covid-19 Recovery Fund, with an aim to distribute up to £2m to UK film, tv and cinema workers who have been hit hardest by Covid-19, helping sustain them and their careers though and out of the pandemic.
The new Recovery Fund was founded with a £1m donation from Amazon Prime Video and has also received donations from BAFTA, BBC Studios, Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and ViacomCBS, alongside many private donors and industry fundraising efforts. Following recently commissioned research, the new fund has been designed to protect the industry’s diverse talent pipeline by focusing on supporting those at the greatest personal and professional risk as a consequence of the current pandemic conditions.
The scheme will look to deliver targeted financial and wellbeing aid that will enable people to financially support themselves for a period of up to 6 months, countering the risk that the pandemic will entrench inequality for some groups within the industry. The new grant scheme is part of the Film and TV Charity’s Covid-19 Response, where the charity mobilised to find new ways to support the industry community impacted by the shutdown of production and closure of cinemas in the UK.
To date the charity has raised more than £5.8m of ringfenced funding and launched a range of mental wellbeing services. Now the task is to raise a further £900k to meet the costs of the Covid-19 response with further donations welcomed. Details of how and where to apply for the new Film and TV Charity Recovery Fund can be found at – filmtvcharity.org.uk – where there is also information on how to donate to help reach the total £6.7m fundraising target.
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