The UK Theatres Small Grant Scheme is a capital fund that awards up to £5,000 to 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.

Priorities include projects that address:

  • urgent building repairs
  • improve operational viability
  • introduce environmental improvements
  • enhance physical accessibility

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

In reviewing applications Trustees take into account a project’s urgency, other resources available to the applicant and 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.

Who can apply

Applicants 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

To apply for this scheme  or to find out more information, visit The Theatres Trust website using the link provided on the right hand side, or to get in touch with them directly use the email address also provided on the right hand side.