Theatre Improvement Scheme with the Wolfson Foundation

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

The theme for the fund for the next three years is Improving Environmental Sustainability as this is an urgent priority for the sector.

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. Initially running from 2018 to 2020, Wolfson renewed its funding for this scheme which will now run in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

This round of the scheme closed for applications on 6 September. All applications are currently being assessed and decisions will be announced early 2022. The next round will open in early 2022.

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.

How to apply

We welcome pre-application discussions - please contact Tom Stickland, Theatres Adviser to discuss your project.

Please read through the Terms and Conditions document and complete the application form when you are ready to apply. 

Please return your application form and supporting documents to

The deadline for this round was 5 pm on 6 September 2021. The next round will be announced shortly.

Please note that all applications for this scheme will be assessed together after the deadline and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-December.

Theatre Improvement Scheme

Grant recipients

Round 3

In 2020 the theme was Improving Sustainability. Read about the projects that received funding through this round.

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.