The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) and Raising Films, the organisation for parents and carers in the UK film and TV industry, have joined forces to launch the Family Support Fund.
The initiative aims to provide short-term financial help to registered members of Raising Films by providing up to £75 a day towards covering the cost of childcare.Beneficiaries will be able to claim a total of £1,500 a year and to make multiple applications.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Raising Films to launch the Family Support Fund as we further our commitment to supporting more people from our industry who are facing a barrier to work throughout their career journey,” said D’Arcy Myers, CEO of the CTBF.
The Family Support Fund will run as a 12-month pilot scheme and marks the first time there has been a dedicated fund for caring costs aimed at UK screen professionals.
“We know what a difference this kind of assistance can make to filmmakers with caring responsibilities,” said Raising Films co-founder Hope Dickson Leach. “We look forward to building upon this initiative so that we can increase our reach and keep more individuals in the industry.”