Small Grants Programme supported by The Linbury Trust

Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, funds small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability or accessibility.

This new scheme will provide grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future.

Eligible projects include small capital works, the installation of key plant and machinery and works which make theatre buildings digital-ready. Applications are also welcome for projects that help theatres reopen as Covid-secure.

This scheme will prioritise improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance.

Please note that revenue and survey costs are ineligible. This fund is to support improvements and repairs to the building fabric, and the key plant and machinery or the purchase of key equipment (not software) to improve digital infrastructure.

There were two rounds of the scheme in 2021. The scheme is currently closed.

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

How to apply

Applicants for the November 2021 round will be notified of the outcome of their application in December 2021.

With thanks

Theatres Trust is enormously grateful to The Linbury Trust for its support of the Small Grants Programme and to Judy Craymer CBE and the Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust for their additional donations to the programme.The Linbury Trust logo

Small Grants Programme supported by The Linbury Trust