Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund

As a registered charity, the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund generally provides financial assistance, emotional support and confidential advice to past and present employees and their dependents (who are in need) of the Royal Opera House or Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Many have given a lifetime of service to these institutions and have contributed to bringing pleasure to millions. If, for whatever reason they face hardship and find it difficult to manager, the fund can offer help to them.

Last updated on 5 June 2020

Who is eligible?

The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund can help:

  • Employees/workers, past and present, engaged with the Royal Opera House or Birmingham Royal Ballet.

  • Spouses, widows, widowers, partners, children, parents or dependents of any such employee or former employee

  • Other registered charities  that have the education, health or relief of artists and/or any other people employed in the theatre, ballet or opera words, as a main objective.

Please note: There is no requirement to have contributed to the fund to receive help.

Please note: The charity doesn't give grants for nursing home fees or private school fees.

How to apply?

Application enquiries should be made by calling the office, which is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Answer machine is available at all other times.

Enquiries and applications can also be made via email.

Applications can be submitted directly by the individual in need.  However, the charity also accepts enquiries and referrals from third parties, such as health and care professionals.

The charity replies to all applications and enquiries, whether or not they can help.

Please note: Income and expenditure is assessed against the charity's guidelines for eligibility.

Other information

The Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund can also provide a subsidy for physiotherapy and osteopath for people who are currently working at the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

There is also a confidential helpline funded by the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund for those currently working at the Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Contact details

Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund
Royal Opera house, Covent Garden
London
WC2E 9DD
Email: ben.fund@roh.org.uk
Web: http://www.roh.org.uk/about/benevolent-fund

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