The Theatres Trust

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Urgent Repairs Scheme

Theatres Trust has now launched the Urgent Repairs Scheme, a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation.

Both organisations are aware of the challenges facing theatres today and how difficult it is to maintain even a preventative maintenance programme. This then leaves theatres vulnerable when unforeseen issues arise such as weather damage and the need to undertake works to suspended fibrous plaster ceilings following the introduction of a more rigorous inspection regime.

Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. 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.

Priority will be given to projects that deliver urgent building repairs, and which can demonstrate that without such repairs the viability of the theatre and its future as a place presenting live work to audiences is at risk.

The scheme will not fund repairs to equipment, fixtures and fittings and plant except where a major failure is proving a significant risk to the theatre’s continued operation.

There will be two funding rounds in 2017. Round one will close on 15 March, with decisions announced in July. Round two will close on 16 September, with decisions announced in January 2018.

In reviewing applications, we will 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 the potential viability of the theatre and their ability to present live performance. Projects which are in receipt of other funding from either Theatres Trust or the Wolfson Foundation will not be eligible.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their application with Theatres Trust Advisers in the first instance advice@theatrestrust.org.uk

Who can apply
How to apply
Terms and conditions


Who can apply

To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must demonstrate that they:

- own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 15 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- run a year-round programme of live performance, of 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
- operate theatres that are statutory listed or which are otherwise of architectural significance

For further information about eligibilty and the terms and conditions for this funding please review our Terms and Conditions.


How to apply

There will be two funding rounds in 2017. Round one will close on 15 March, with decisions announced in July. Round two will close on 16 September, with decisions announced in January 2018.

If you meet our elegibility requirements outlined above and are happy to proceed with your application please download our Application form (Word).

For any questions or more information please email advice@theatrestrust.org.uk”.


Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions 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.

No match funding is required.

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

Public acknowledgement of financial support from Theatres Trust and the Wolfson Foundation will be required.


The Urgent Repairs Scheme is supported by the Wolfson Foundation

‘Theatres throughout the UK – both large and small – play an important role in the cultural enrichment of society. By enabling urgent repairs to theatres at risk, we hope to improve the sustainability of these organisations and promote opportunities for excellence in the sector. The Wolfson Foundation has a long history of working in partnership with expert bodies, and we are delighted to be working with Theatres Trust to ensure our funding can support those theatres most in need of repair.”.’ Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, Paul Ramsbottom

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