Theatre Improvement Scheme

Theatres Trust's Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, offers capital funding for theatres.

This is a three-year scheme, with funding each year being given to projects on a specific theme. The theme for the 2020 fund is Improving Environmental Sustainability.

As the 2019 round of funding attracted an unprecedented level of applications, demonstrating the clear demand from theatres, Theatres Trust and the Wolfson Foundation have agreed to continue with that theme for a second year. .

Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme.

It is hoped that these grants will support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact. From sedum roofs to new windows, building management systems to more efficient water heaters, funding will be given to projects that demonstrate how a small intervention can have a big impact.

With thanks

The Wolfson Foundation supports our Theatre Improvement Scheme, following the success of the Urgent Repairs Scheme pilot, the first collaboration between the Theatres Trust and the Wolfson Foundation.

This fund has now closed. We will announce the recipients in due course.

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 5 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 achieve excellence through their producing and programming or architectural significance

Organisations currently in receipt of other grants from the Theatres Trust or the Wolfson Foundation are not eligible to apply.

Grant recipients

Round 2

In 2019 the theme was Improving Sustainability. Read about the projects that received funding through this round

Round 1

In 2018 the theme was Improving Accessibility. Read about the projects that received funding through this round.

Urgent Repairs Scheme pilot

Theatre Improvement Scheme follows on from a successful first collaboration between the Theatres Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. Read more about the projects that received funding through the Urgent Repairs Scheme pilot.