The Theatres Trust has recently launched the Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme. The programme is supported by Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust, Swire charitable trust and several individuals. The programme is only open to those theatres on the Theatres at Risk register and the community and campaign groups that support them. Local authorities who are currently involved in projects to support their local Theatre at Risk or who have a clear plans and ambitions to progress such a project are also eligible for funding.
The fund will not support the capital works themselves but is intended to support the groups working with the buildings to commission expert support and acquire the skills and knowledge to push the project forward.
The type of support that might be funded includes: Viability studies and options appraisals; Building condition surveys and structural reports; Business planning and fundraising strategies; Economic impact studies; Governance reviews. Theatres trust will work closely with successful applicants to develop the project proposal, assist the groups with selecting experts, attend key meetings and monitor the outcomes.
The maximum amount of funding available is £25,000. Match funding is not required, however, if the overall project cost exceeds the Capacity Building Programme grant then proof of partnership funding will be required.
The closing date for applications is the 23rd April 2019