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B. Emergency Grants

Actors Fund of America
Eligibility for The Fund's financial assistance program requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview. Applicants are encouraged to call and speak with an intake Social Worker who can determine which program will best fit your needs. (Financial assistance varies by program.)
Mailing Address:
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor 
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 212- 221-7300
[email protected]

American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)  
AGVA offers its current and previous members emergency aid through the AGVA Sick & Relief Fund. Once a need has been verified, the AGVA Sick & Relief Fund will pay a variety of bills such as: rent, utilities, telephone, etc. as well as give emergency grants. All grants are confidential and these grants are handled through a separate office to ensure privacy. 
Mailing Address:
363 Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Telephone: (212) 675-1003, Ext. 102

Dancers’ Resource
Founded by Actors Fund Vice President Bebe Neuwirth, The Dancers’ Resource was created in response to the unique situation dancers face due to the physically demanding nature of their work, coupled with the significant financial challenges of earning a living in dance. The Resource’s financial assistance program requires an interview, application and documentation of professional earnings and financial need.  
Telephone: Eastern Region : (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Central Region: (312) 372-0989, Western Region: (323) 933-9244, Ext. 455
Email: Eastern Region: [email protected]; Central Region: [email protected]; Western Region: [email protected]

Dramatists Guild Fund
The Fund provides confidential grants to professional dramatists experiencing personal hardships such as health-related problems or the temporary loss of income. Recipients need not be Dramatists Guild members. 
Mailing Address:
ATTN: Executive Director
Dramatists Guild Fund
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212) 391-8384

Episcopal Actors Guild of America
Offers aid to those in economic need because of extenuating circumstances such as debilitating illness, (including chemical dependency problems); illness or death of a family member or significant other; a sudden increase in expenses or unforeseen drop in income; or, if retired or disabled, an insufficient fixed income from sources such as pensions, social security or disability benefits. 
Mailing Address:
Guild Hall 
One East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016-7405
Telephone: (212) 685-2927
Fax: (212) 685-8793
Email: [email protected]

Renaissance Entertainers, Services, and Crafters United Foundation
The RESCU Foundation was established to promote and maintain the health and medical well-being of the participants of Renaissance Fairs, historical performances and other artistic events through several programs including financial assistance for emergency medical needs.
Mailing Address:
RESCU Foundation
2206 N Main St., #223 
Wheaton, IL 60187
Telephone: (800) 374-9215
Email: [email protected]  

Screen Actors Guild Foundation
The SAG Foundation makes it a priority to help Guild members in need.  The Emergency Assistance program, the Self-Pay Premium program, and the Catastrophic Health Fund assist eligible members facing challenging circumstances.
Davidson Lloyd, Director of Assistance Programs: 323-549-6773
Contact form on website

Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund
The Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) is an emergency financial assistance fund of the Screen Actors Guild New York region designed to assist eligible members who are struggling with a financial, personal or medical crisis.  The Screen Actors Guild contracts with The Actors Fund to administer the MPPWF as well as provide an array of services to meet each members needs.
Telephone: New York: (212) 221-7300, Ext. 119; Chicago: (312) 372-0989; All others Toll Free: (800) 221-7303; For emergencies only on evenings and weekends:  (212) 621-7780 

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund
The Fund serves veterans of the theatrical community - those who have worked in the exhibition, distribution or production of theater or movies - who are encountering an illness, injury or life-changing event.
Telephone: 888-994-3863, ext. 6003
Contact form on website
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