The Theatres Trust has announced that the next application deadline for its Small Grants Scheme is noon on the 2nd November 2020.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small theatres in London for small capital building projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. The scheme can also be used to help lever in other sources of investment, particularly philanthropic support.
In response to the coronavirus crisis, the scheme will now be able to support theatres to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure, including making adaptations for increased hygiene and social distancing measures.
The Theatres Trust has made some changes to the criteria for this round so widen the eligibility, which should mean more pub theatres are now eligible.
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.
Previous projects supported include:
- The Tricycle Theatre which received a grant of £5,000 to help install an accessible shower and WC in a backstage dressing room, which currently has no accessible provision. These works are part of a wider capital project to address the urgent renewal of the theatre, which has been put under considerable strain due to growing audiences and increasingly ambitious programming.
- The Young Actors Theatre received a grant of £5,000 to help address phase one of a larger project that concentrates on urgent repairs to leaking roofs and refurbishment to basement toilets and dressing rooms needed to bring the building up to a basic standard.