The COVID-19 Movie and TV Emergency Aid Fund has opened for purposes within the U.Okay., as analysis reveals that 93% of trade freelancers are now not working because of the coronavirus disaster.

Created by The Movie and TV Charity in partnership with the BFI to supply assist to employees and freelancers hit hardest by the closure of productions throughout the U.Okay., the fund has been supported by preliminary donations totalling £2.5 million ($3.1 million) from Netflix, the BFI, BBC Studios, BBC Content material, WarnerMedia and several other personal donors.

One-off grants between £500 ($615) and £2,500 ($3,075) will probably be awarded based mostly on want.

The time-limited fund — purposes will stay open for 2 weeks — is being administered by The Movie and TV Charity, with assist from BFI workers. Each organizations are protecting all overheads of administering the fund.

Based on a survey by The Movie and TV Charity, 93% of trade freelancers are now not working because of the disaster, whereas 74% should not anticipated to obtain any assist since they’re both ineligible for the federal government’s Self-employment Earnings Help Scheme or haven’t been furloughed as PAYE freelancers beneath the Job Retention Scheme.

Round 75% of respondents stated they had been very or extraordinarily frightened about their earnings in coming months, whereas almost half stated they had been frightened about assembly primary residing prices.

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of The Movie and TV Charity, stated the time-limited COVID-19 Movie and TV Emergency Aid Fund is designed to supply monetary assist the place the necessity is most acute. “Our techniques will spotlight candidates who’re experiencing explicit misery and our skilled group will reply to these pink flags with private follow-up calls.”

Ben Roberts, chief govt of the BFI, stated: “We all know an enormous variety of freelance professionals in our neighborhood have been among the hardest hit through the coronavirus disaster, so we’re delighted that the fund is now open for purposes.”

Purposes for the one-off grants may be made through The Movie and TV Charity’s web site.

The Fund is launching alongside an enchantment by The Movie and TV Charity for extra donations.

The Movie and TV Charity has additionally unveiled the brand new COVID-19 Movie and TV Repayable Grants Scheme providing assist for trade freelancers ready for funds beneath the Authorities’s Self-employment Earnings Help Scheme.

Curiosity-free grants of as much as £2,000 ($2,460) will probably be provided to these eligible for Self-employment Earnings Help however who’re fighting the await funds that aren’t set to reach till June.

The COVID-19 Movie and TV Repayable Grants Scheme opens April 15. Candidates may have one week to make a declare through The Movie and TV Charity’s web site. The Aid Fund and Repayable Grants Scheme sit beside the group’s current Hardship Fund, which provides grants of as much as £500 ($614) to supply stop-gap assist.