Actors working away from home will be supported financially to visit their children under a new grant scheme that has been launched.
The Actors’ Children’s Trust, which supports actors who are parents and their children, is offering grants of up to £450 a month.
Alternatively, the money can be used to pay for a partner and children to visit a working actor.
The grants will be offered on a rolling basis, with ACT aiming “never to turn away an eligible family”.
ACT already provides childcare grants to actors who are parents, awarding nearly £200,000 in the last year.
The organisation aims to help actors sustain their careers in the industry if they become parents.
Executive director at the Actors’ Children’s Trust Robert Ashby said: “Parents struggle to stay in the acting profession, with low and delayed pay, unpredictable hours and last-minute calls; a nightmare for arranging childcare.
“ACT helps actor-parents by funding childcare and other costs, and it can make a big difference.”
To apply for a grant, actors should contact ACT by email or phone. To qualify, household income must be under £40,000 in the last year and they should have had paid acting jobs for more than half their working life so far.