HERE TO HELP

As a charity working for over 60 years, the VABT’s mission is to support the people in our industry who are experiencing an emergency health crisis.

WHO CAN APPLY?

The VABT supports all who work in theatre, film and television: on and off stage, in front of and behind the camera.

HOW AN APPLICATION IS ASSESSED

The VABT is run by a Committee of Management elected by their peers and supported by three Honorary Trustees. Each application for assistance is discussed by the Committee and assessed on a case-by-case basis. As the Committee are all volunteers, we do our best to deal with all applications as quickly as possible. It is important to know that all matters referred are kept in the strictest of confidence.

 

WHAT DO WE FUND?

Financial relief has been provided for varied purposes, including medical and dental costs, utility bills, respite care and basic survival. We also assist people by directing them to resources and professional advice. Grants are usually given for emergencies and are generally not ongoing. Some examples of assistance we have provided include:

 

  • An electric wheelchair and mobility aids
  • Supporting members of our industry in their battles with cancer
  • Financing a hip replacement operation for a respected member of the industry
  • Assisted the families of past recipients with ongoing financial support
  • Maintaining a relationship with members of our community by giving them an Annual Christmas Grant

WHAT WE DON’T FUND

Financial support is only given to the people in our industry who are experiencing an emergency health crisis. We are unable to provide support for the following:

 

  • Unemployment or underemployment
  • Funding for productions or films
  • Fundraising platforms such as GoFundMe, Kickstarter or Indiegogo

APPLICATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The VABT provides Emergency Support to those experiencing ill health or medical emergency. If this is you, please continue with this application form.

In response to the current crisis and the subsequent challenges faced by many within our industry, we have established a standalone COVID-19 ASSISTANCE fund. If you are a professional performing arts worker who has been impacted financially by the COVID-19 crisis, whether through loss of work, a significant reduction in hours, or an inability to practice your craft due to ongoing restrictions, please click here to apply for covid-19 assistance

If you are experiencing substantial financial distress, or are under other significant pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the VABT is temporarily accepting applications for Emergency Support, even if you are not experiencing ill health or a medical emergency. To apply, please continue with the form below.

Please note, the VABT’s Emergency Support primarily exists to assist those experiencing ill health and medical emergency, so priority will be given to applicants in those scenarios. However, we acknowledge the severity of the current crisis and encourage you to please reach out if you are in need of support.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The VABT is committed to supporting Victorian artists and crew through health crisis and difficult times. To further assist, the VABT has compiled a range of resources that may be able to provide additional assistance. These are available to view here.

HOW TO APPLY

If you would like to apply for assistance, please fill out the form below.