Apply for a Basic Needs Grant

Behind the Scenes assists those who are seriously ill or injured. We will accept applications from anyone who meets our criteria and has been hospitalized with Covid-19. If you are seeking assistance due to work cancellations, the following organizations may be able to help you. Keep in mind that you must meet their established criteria, and please follow their instructions for how they want you to apply, as all are dealing with an unprecedented number of inquiries and applications. The Actors Fund for Everyone in Entertainment, Motion Picture and Television FundMusiCares, AFC (Canada)

How do I apply for a grant?

First, be sure you meet our eligibility requirements. If you do, then complete the Basic Needs Application which requires such information as a letter from your doctor or other documentation of your diagnosis, documentation of at least five years of industry work history, financial information, copies of bills you are seeking assistance with, a current bank statement, and a copy of your most recent tax return.

An application may be submitted on behalf of an eligible person by a spouse or domestic partner, a legal guardian or a person acting under a valid power of attorney or other legal authority. In certain situations an application may be submitted by a close friend or colleague on behalf of the eligible person.

The Basic Needs Application is in Adobe Acrobat format. Acrobat Reader may be obtained free at

The form may be filled in on-line, saved and emailed to [email protected] or printed and then faxed (646-713-2308) or mailed (P.O. Box 368, Lakeville, CT 06039) to Behind the Scenes, with the required supporting documentation. The form may also be obtained by calling 212-244-1421 or emailing [email protected].

How are applications reviewed and how quickly can I expect an answer?

Applications are reviewed by a formal Review Committee. Grant decisions are generally made within a few days of receiving a completed application. You may receive a telephone call from a member of the Review Committee or their representative if there are further questions about your situation. If a grant is awarded, you will be contacted immediately to coordinate delivery of the grant.

Checks must be made payable directly to service providers and can be sent directly to the provider or to the recipient for distribution. You will be asked to submit receipts for the expenses paid by the grant. All funds awarded must be used within three months unless special arrangements are made upon award of the grant.