Theatre Improvement Scheme

The Theatres Trust's Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, is a capital fund that awards grants of up to £20,000. The scheme will run for three years, and each year will fund projects with a specific theme. The theme for 2018 will be Improving Accessibility.

In 2018 funding will be awarded to projects which make their theatre more accessible through changes to the building or its systems. The scheme will fund theatres and projects of all sizes that demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of becoming an accessible theatre.

Theatres should be accessible for everyone, but the Theatres Trust and Wolfson Foundation are aware that many theatre buildings do not reach the highest levels of accessibility. Priority will be given to projects that could serve as best practice case studies to inspire other theatres. We want to fund excellent projects in excellent theatres.

Projects should serve the needs of your audience and include evidence of consultation with users and potential users of your venue.

Organisations which are currently in receipt of other awards from the Theatres Trust or the Wolfson Foundation will not be eligible.

Themes for 2019 and 2020 will be announced in due course.

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.

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 achieve excellence through their producing and programming or architectural significance

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

How to apply

Pre-application conversations are encouraged. As it is expected that some consultation is undertaken as part of the project, we recommend early communication.

To apply complete the application form below and send it to advice@theatrestrust.org.uk by Thursday 13 September 2018.

Theatre Improvement Scheme

Following on from a successful Urgent Repairs pilot programme, we are delighted to continue our partnership with the Theatres Trust to benefit theatres across the UK. The Foundation has an emphasis on accessibility across a number of our funding programmes, and we look forward to working with the Trust in this renewed partnership.

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation