The Theatres Trust

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.

Current Programmes
About the Theatres Protection Fund
Help us build the Fund


Current Programmes

The Theatres Protection Fund currently delivers the following Programmes to support theatre building projects:

Wolfson/Theatres Trust Urgent Repairs Scheme
Launched in November 2016, the Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundatio, can offer grants up to £15,000 to theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Two funding rounds will take place in 2017, closing on 15 March and on 16 September.

Find out more about the Urgent Repairs Scheme

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.

The next Round of the UK Small Grants Scheme will be reviewed by Trustees at their Spring 2017 meeting.

Find out more about the UK Small Grants Scheme

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.

The Scheme will run again in 2017. Dates will be announced shortly. The Scheme will run once a year until 2020, thanks to Fawn James, Director of Soho Estates, and the Mackintosh Foundation.

The first recipients of the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme were announced 3 February 2016.

Find out more about the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme

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.

Deadline for applications has now closed. Successful applicants will be announced in January 2017.

Find out more about Spend a Penny


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

The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

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Streetscape showing The Grand Theatre, Islington, circa 1904
Islington Empire
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Protecting theatres for everyone