London Small Theatres Grants Scheme

The London Small Theatres Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to small theatres in London which are undertaking building projects.

The scheme was set up following the London Assembly investigation led by Tom Copley AM into the challenges facing the capital’s small theatres and its July 2013 report Centre Stage: Supporting small theatres in the capital.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements and enhance physical accessibility. The scheme can also be used to help lever in other sources of investment, particularly philanthropic support. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

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.

See how SPID Theatre has benefited from the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.

With thanks

The Mackintosh Foundation and Fawn James at Soho Estates support our London Small Theatres Grants Scheme. The scheme will run until 2020.

Who can apply

Applications for awards up to £5,000 can be made by small independent, commercial, subsidised and amateur theatres, and open air venues.

To be eligible you must:

  • 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

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with us before applying.

Please email your completed application and supporting documents to by noon on Monday 15 October 2018 

London Small Theatres Grants Scheme

Our support for the London Small Theatres Grants Scheme reflects our continuing commitment to London’s arts scene, and means that small theatres will be able to honour London’s theatrical heritage, and be confident of a bright future.

Fawn James, Director of Soho Estates