UK Theatres Grants Scheme

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

Priorities include projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

In reviewing applications Trustees take into account a project’s urgency, other resources available to the applicant and the extent to which the grant would make a significant difference to promoting the better protection of theatres. Funds are generally awarded where they are considered to have the most impact in realising an applicant’s capital project.

See how the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme has helped the Players Theatre in Thame and the Robin Hood Theatre in Newark.

With thanks

The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme was launched with funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE.

With continued support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Charles Michael Holloway Trust the scheme has been extended to 2020.

Who can apply

Applications for awards up to £5,000 can be made from theatres across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To be eligible you must:

  • own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting 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

Round 11 of the UK Small Grants Scheme is now open. Please apply using the application form below.

The deadline for this round is 7 January 2018. We welcome pre-application discussions.

Contact advice@theatrestrust.org.uk for more information

UK Theatres Grants Scheme

I am passionate about championing heritage and thrilled my Foundation can support Theatres Trust to provide a crucial support network for our historic theatre buildings. I wish the Trust every success in its continuing aim to protect the future of theatres.

Andrew Lloyd Webber