The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatre in the UK, has extended this funding scheme, with continued support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Charles Michael Holloway Trust. The fund will continue to strengthen the valuable relationship between theatres and surrounding communities until 2020.

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme offers capital grants of up to £5,000 to theatres that are run by charities and not-for-profit groups across the UK as long as the capital improvements will add value to their work in their local communities. The grants can be used for small capital projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Applications towards specific items within capital projects or capital projects under £250,000 will be prioritised, while technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority. To be eligible, groups must:

  • Have a bonafide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.
  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England,Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Clearly demonstrate the value that capital improvements to their theatre’s would make to their work with local communities.
  • Show that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year

Applicants are advised to contact the Trust before making an application.

Deadline 7th January 2018

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