The UK Small Grants Scheme aims to target theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.
The scheme, which will run to 2017, is funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for small capital building projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility.
Applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority. When making decisions Trustees prioritise applications towards specific and recognisable items within capital projects under £250,000.
To be eligible, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
- Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Show 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.
No match funding is required.
The next deadline for applications is 3 February 2016 (12 noon). Applications will be considered in spring 2016.
Full details can be found on the Theatres Protection Fund website
Source: Theatres Protection Fund, 30/10/2015