UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

Status: Open to applications

Deadline: 8th, January, 2019


Small grants are available for capital improvements to theatres in the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value this would make to their work with local communities.

Maximum Value: £ 5,000

Extended Desciption

The Theatres Trust is the national advisory public body for theatres in the UK. It was set up by the Government through an Act of Parliament in 1976 and works to promote the better protection of theatres for the benefit of the nation.

The Trust provides its UK Theatres Small Grants scheme to support the costs of capital improvements in theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups in the UK. The funded improvements must add demonstrable value to the organisations' work in local communities.

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

Latest Informaiton 

The next deadline for applications is 8 January 2019 (midday).

Key Criteria

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

Eligible Expenditure 

Grants are to be used for small capital projects that:

  • Address urgent building repairs.
  • Improve operational viability.
  • Introduce environmental improvements.
  • Enhance physical accessibility.

When assessing applications, the Trustees take into account:

  • A project's urgency.
  • Other resources available to the applicant.
  • 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.


Technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available to download from the Trust's website.

Applicants are advised to contact the Trust to discuss projects before applying.

Contact the Theatres Trust for further information.

Addresses and Contacts

Application forms may be available on their website.
Contact details:
The Theatres Trust 
22 Charing Cross Road 
020 7836 8591