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 2019 fund is Improving Environmental Sustainability.

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.

Round 2 of the Theatre Improvement Scheme closed to applications on Monday 16 September at noon. 

Applicants can expect to hear back in mid-December as grants need to be approved by The Wolfson Foundation board following asssessment by the Theatres Trust.

Check back for information about the next round. 

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 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.

Potential applicants are encouraged to get in touch with us to discuss their projects before applying. Please contact Tom Stickland, Theatres Adviser on 020 7836 8591

Theatre Improvement Scheme

Previous rounds

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.