The Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation announces Urgent Repairs Scheme

28th November 2016

Theatres Trust has announced an Urgent Repairs Scheme , a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Two funding rounds will take place in 2017, closing on 15 March and on 16 September.

Interim Director at Theatres Trust, Rebecca Morland says: “Over the last few years we have become increasingly aware of the challenges facing theatres in terms of maintenance and repair. When budgets are tight, theatres often find it difficult to prioritise adequate spending on repairs and this leaves them vulnerable to unforeseen issues. The Urgent Repairs Scheme will support theatres that can demonstrate that without such repairs their operation is placed at risk. We would urge theatres to contact us in advance of applying to discuss their proposals”

Wolfson Foundation has long been providing capital funding to the cultural sector, supporting museums and galleries, historic sites, educational institutions and performing arts organisations. Since the beginning of the year Theatres Trust has been working with the Foundation to develop a scheme focussing on smaller, regional theatres, complementing the Foundation’s existing funding programme and building on the knowledge and expertise of Theatres Trust. 2017 will be a pilot year for the scheme, with the Wolfson Foundation providing £100,000 funding and Theatres Trust managing the application and evaluation process.

Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation, Paul Ramsbottom, says, “Theatres throughout the UK – both large and small – play an important role in the cultural enrichment of society. By enabling urgent repairs to theatres at risk, we hope to improve the sustainability of these organisations and promote opportunities for excellence in the sector. The Wolfson Foundation has a long history of working in partnership with expert bodies, and we are delighted to be working with Theatres Trust to ensure our funding can support those theatres most in need of repair.”

Two funding rounds will take place in 2017 with Round One closing on 15 March 2017 and awards being announced in July 2017. Round Two will close on 16 September 2017, with awards being announced in January 2018.

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