Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme

Theatres Trust has launched a second round of the Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme, a new fund supported by The Pilgrim Trust, Historic England, and Swire Charitable Trust

We are aware of the challenges faced by the theatres on our Theatres at Risk Register in raising funding for the early stage concept and viability works and for organisational support. These first stages of a project provide the foundations for both project and organisation, and give necessary support to enable progress on the long journey to restore, reopen or revitalise the theatres.

The Capacity Building Programme is only open to those theatres on our Theatres at Risk Register and the community and campaign groups that support them. Local authorities who are currently involved in projects to support their local Theatre at Risk or who have a clear plans and ambitions to progress such a project are also eligible for funding.

This is not a fund that will support the capital works themselves but is intended to support the groups working with the buildings to commission expert support and acquire the skills and knowledge to push the project forward.

The type of support that might be funded includes:

  • Viability studies and options appraisals
  • Building condition surveys and structural reports
  • Business planning and fundraising strategies
  • Governance reviews

Theatres Trust will work closely with the successful applicants to develop the project proposal, assist the group with selecting experts, attend key meetings and monitor the outcomes.

Theatres Trust will agree the level of funding that the scheme will contribute up to a maximum of £25,000. Match funding is not required, however, should the overall project cost exceed the Capacity Building Programme grant proof of partnership funding will be required.

Previous rounds of the scheme

Read about how we've supported theatres in the two years the scheme has been running:

Details of the 2021 programme will be available in spring 2021.

Thanks to our funders

Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme is supported by Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust.

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