Supporting our Supporters though the Coronavirus COVID-19 Crisis

As many of you know, the Make A Difference Trust is more than a fundraising and grant making body. We are a charity who brings together everyone in the theatre as a family who work together to help others.

We are a small charity who only exist because of the incredible support we receive from the theatre community. We are reliant on our events for funds, so we will be affected by the Coronavirus situation. However, we want to do the best we are able in conjunction with the other theatre charities to offer financial support where we can.

We do not hold material reserves, as once we raise our funds, we make our grants bi-annually and fund our HIV/ AIDS projects. We do however keep some reserves and we will be using this to help the community immediately. We will offer small one-off crisis payments to any of our MAD family who have worked in any capacity on West End Bares, West End Christmas, A MAD Drag Night, West End Eurovision or MAD Cabarets.

We will look to provide small pockets of financial assistance up to £200 to meet unexpected expenses that will cause hardship. Available to those who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to theatre closures as a direct result of Government advice aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus.


  • Priority to be given to those who have helped the Make A Difference Trust in their fundraising events including West End Bares, West End Eurovision, A Mad Drag Night, West End Christmas, MAD Cabarets and West End Bares Calendar.
  • The Crisis Fund is there to support unforeseen emergencies and should only be used when all other avenues have been considered. The Fund cannot replace statutory funding.
  • The Crisis Fund is designed to provide support to those industry members who are experiencing unexpected financial distress as a direct result of Coronavirus COVID-19
  • The Crisis Fund is there to help with those small unexpected costs that are unable to be met from either personal or statutory finances and which threaten to impact on well being, either physically or mentally.

If you wish to make an application to this fund, please download and complete this application form:

The Make A Difference Hardship Crisis Fund Income Request Form 

then email it back to       


If you don’t meet the criteria to apply for help from MAD Trust, there are many other options for support during this crisis. Click on the virus image above or click here Support for Theatre Professionals during Coronavirus to visit the support page created by SOLT and over 30 other charities and organisations, where there is a wealth of information to help people in the industry.