Small Grants Programme helps futureproof 14 theatres

Theatres Trust is pleased to support 14 theatres across the UK with £64k through our Small Grants Programme in partnership with The Linbury Trust.

Projects funded in this round will improve accessibility, make repairs and upgrade key plant and machinery, crucial projects to ensure the long-term survival of these spaces in an ever-changing and developing world.


The MAC Belfast will purchase a new inclusive foyer announcement system that operates across 10 areas within the building. Lighthouse in Poole will install push-button doors for wheelchair access to the stage and orchestra pit. Market Theatre in Ledbury will buy a mast lift for tech team accessibility. Lichfield Garrick and Theatre Deli Sheffield will install hearing loops in their auditoria. Southwold Arts Centre will enhance accessibility front of house and purchase equipment to enhance its digital programme.


Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City, Duchess Theatre & Chatsworth Arts Centre in Long Eaton, Little Theatre Gateshead and The Mowlem Theatre in Swanage will upgrade to LED lighting in various parts of their buildings.

Repairs and improvements

The Courtyard in Hereford will repair its wooden floors in well-used areas, including its dance studio. Torch Theatre in Milford Haven will install a new air conditioning unit in its ground floor café / gallery space and the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and The Gateway Theatre in Seaton will upgrade their air conditioning systems.

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Thanks to our funders

The Small Grants Programme was launched thanks to The Linbury Trust’s generous support and donations from Judy Craymer CBE. and Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust.

In February 2022, The Linbury Trust committed to £300,000 to the scheme over three years; in autumn 2022 the Mackintosh Foundation committed to £150,000 over five years.

Next round

The next round of the Small Grants Programme with The Linbury Trust will reopen in September with a deadline of noon on Friday 12 January 2024.

Find out more about the scheme and how to apply.


Images: cover, Hope Mill Theatre Manchester