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 will be two rounds of the scheme in 2021,

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

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 next deadline for applications is 5 pm on Monday 8 November 2021

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 December.

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