The Theatres Trust’s Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, is a capital fund that awards grants of up to £20,000. The scheme will run for three years, and each year will fund projects with a specific theme. The theme for 2018 will be Improving Accessibility.
In 2018 funding will be awarded to projects which make their theatre more accessible through changes to the building or its systems. The scheme will fund theatres and projects of all sizes that demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of becoming an accessible theatre.
Theatres should be accessible for everyone, but the Theatres Trust and Wolfson Foundation are aware that many theatre buildings do not reach the highest levels of accessibility. Priority will be given to projects that could serve as best practice case studies to inspire other theatres. We want to fund excellent projects in excellent theatres.
Projects should serve the needs of your audience and include evidence of consultation with users and potential users of your venue.
Themes for 2019 and 2020 will be announced in due course.
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 15 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
For further information about eligibility and the terms and conditions for this funding please review the Terms and Conditions.
Pre-application conversations are encouraged. As it is expected that some consultation is undertaken as part of the project, we recommend early communication.
To apply complete the application form below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 13 September 2018.