Theatre Improvement Scheme with the Wolfson Foundation

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Theatres Trust’s Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, offers capital funding for theatres.

The theme for the fund for the next three years is Improving Environmental Sustainability as this is an urgent priority for the sector.

Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme.

It is hoped that these grants will support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact. From sedum roofs to new windows, building management systems to more efficient water heaters, funding will be given to projects that demonstrate how a small intervention can have a big impact.

With thanks

The Wolfson Foundation supports our Theatre Improvement Scheme, following the success of the Urgent Repairs Scheme pilot, the first collaboration between the Theatres Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. Initially running from 2018 to 2020, Wolfson renewed its funding for this scheme which will now run in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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
  • operate theatres that achieve excellence through their producing and programming or architectural significance

Organisations currently in receipt of other grants from the Theatres Trust or the Wolfson Foundation are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

The next round of the scheme is now open for applications with a deadline of noon on 6 September 2022.

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 grants@theatrestrust.org.uk.

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 mid-December.

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