The Theatres Trust

London Theatres Small Grants Scheme

The London Theatres Small Grants Scheme was set up by The Theatres Trust, with a donation from The Mackintosh Foundation in August 2015, and the support of the Mayor of London’s Office, to help small theatres in London needing to improve and maintain their buildings.

It is a dedicated capital fund to help small theatres lever in other sources of investment, particularly philanthropic support and follows the London Assembly investigation led by Tom Copley AM into the challenges facing the capital’s small theatres and their July 2013 report Centre Stage: Supporting small theatres in the capital.

Priorities include small capital building projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility.

Applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the Scheme. When making decisions Trustees prioritise applications towards specific and recognisable items within capital projects under £250,000.

In reviewing applications Trustees take into account a project’s urgency, other resources available to the applicant and the extent to which the grant would make a significant difference to promoting the better protection of theatres. Funds are generally awarded where they are considered to have the most impact in realising an applicant’s capital project.

Who can apply

How to apply

Terms and conditions


Who can apply

The Theatres Trust will accept applications for small capital projects up to £5,000 from small independent, commercial, subsidised and amateur theatres, and open air venues.

Applicants must also satisfy the following criteria:

- own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in London that are under 300-seats in Zones 1 and 2 and under 500-seats in outer London

- demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year

- have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years


How to apply

Applications for Round 3 of the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme are now open. The application deadline is 29 August 2017 and eligible applications will be reviewed by Theatres Trust in October 2017.

Downlad the Application Form. If you have any queries or would like to discuss your Application before applying please contact advice@theatrestrust.org.uk.


Terms and conditions

London Theatres Small Grants Scheme Terms and Conditions

Applicants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement with The Theatres Trust Charitable Fund (Charity Registration No: 274697) which will include the above Terms and Conditions.

Grants should be spent within one year otherwise the grant will be reclaimed.

If the applicant is registered for VAT or can reclaim VAT, the grant will be made net of VAT. If not registered for VAT or unable to reclaim VAT grants can include VAT.

No match funding is required.

Applicants will need to provide details to confirm their legal status.

Public acknowledgement of financial support from The Theatres Trust will be required.


The London Theatres Small Grants Scheme was set up by Theatres Trust, with a donation from The Mackintosh Foundation in August 2015, and the support of the Mayor of London’s Office.

Thanks to further donations from the Mackintosh Foundation and Fawn James at Soho Estates there will be an annual round of this scheme until 2020.

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