Theatres Protection Fund
The Theatres Protection Fund is run by Theatres Trust.
Its purpose is to provide capital funds to theatres in need and at risk.
The Fund awards capital grants to support small theatre building projects which address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and which enhance physical accessibility.
The Theatres Protection Fund currently delivers the following Programmes to support theatre building projects:
UK Small Grants Scheme
Launched in April 2012, this receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE. The UK Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK with charitable status. Trustees of The Theatres Trust review applications twice a year. The UK Small Grants Scheme runs until 2017.
Trustees of the Theatres Trust will meet in December 2016 to consider further Small Grants Scheme awards. Deadline for Round Nine applications is midday 26 October 2016.
London Theatres Small Grants Scheme
This was launched in August 2015 through an award from The Mackintosh Foundation. The London Theatres Small Grants Scheme addresses urgent building repairs with grants of up to £5,000 to theatres in London. This Scheme has the support of the Mayor of London.
Trustees of the Theatres Trust will meet in October 2016 to consider further London Theatres awards. Deadline for Round 2 of the Scheme is midday 17 August. The Scheme will run once a year until 2020, thanks to Fawn James, Director of Soho Estates.
The first recipients of the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme were announced 3 February 2016.
Spend a Penny
Launched in August 2016 thanks to a generous donation from Susan and Simon Ruddick. The Spend a Penny Scheme aims to enhance the theatregoing experience of female audience members by improving their restroom facilities.
Theatres are invited to apply for up to £15,000 each to improve toilets for women (including unisex and gender neutral facilities). Although this scheme is targeted at the under-provision of ladies toilets, we would also welcome applications to improve provision of gender-neutral or unisex toilets.
About the Theatres Protection Fund
The Theatres Trust Act 1976, which founded the Theatres Trust, was the result of a Private Members Bill sponsored by Sir David Crouch MP. At the time he said, “It is the live theatre that I want to protect – the platform on which the live theatre can grow and develop as it has in this country for several hundred years”.
In ‘’protecting theatres for everyone’’, our objectives include maintaining or helping to maintain theatres and to “give financial and other assistance to anybody whose objects are charitable… in connection with any function… which is both charitable and similar to an object of the Trust.”
The Theatres Trust fundraises though attracting donations and grants to build the Theatres Protection Fund. Through this Fund we aim to provide financial support in the form of capital grants towards theatres in need and at risk.
Help us build the Fund
The Theatres Trust has an ambition to raise significant funds for its Theatres Protection Fund.
We have been able to develop our capital grant-giving role thanks to the donations of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Judy Craymer MBE in April 2012, and The Mackintosh Foundation in August 2015. And in August 2016, from Susan and Simon Ruddick.
There is a high level of demand for our grants. For every grant awarded there have been six unsuccessful applicants.
Can you help? We would like to be able to assist more theatres. Your support could help grow the Theatres Protection Fund to assist theatres in need and at risk in the UK.
Interested donors should contact us