UK Small Grants Scheme
The UK Small Grants Scheme aims to target theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Trustees of The Theatres Trust consider applications twice a year.
The current Scheme will run to 2017. The maximum level of grant that can be awarded is £5,000.
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
To be eligible to apply to the UK Small Grants Scheme applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
- own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- 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
For further information about elegibilty and the terms and conditions for this funding please review our Terms and Conditions.
Applicants that are eligible for the ‘Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk’ run through the Architectural Heritage Fund with funds from Historic England and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation will not be a priority for the Theatres Protection Fund UK Small Grants Scheme.
How to apply
Trustees of The Theatres Trust will meet in December 2016 to consider further Small Grants Scheme awards. Deadline for Round Nine applications is Midday on Wednesday 26 October 2016.
If you meet our elegibility requirements outlined above and are happy to proceed with your application please download our Application form and Guide. For any questions or more information please email Kate Carmichael”.
Terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions for the UK Small Grants Scheme can be downloaded here.
Applicants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement with The Theatres Trust Charitable Fund (Charity Registration No: 274697) which will include the 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 UK Small Grants Scheme is supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE
‘I am passionate about championing heritage and thrilled my Foundation can support Theatres Trust to provide a crucial support network for our historic theatre buildings. I wish the Trust every success in its continuing aim to protect the future of theatres.’ Andrew Lloyd Webber *
Find out more about the projects we have funded since the Scheme opened mid 2012:
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