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Six theatres awarded grants by UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme as Theatres Trust announces extension of scheme

UK - Theatres Trust has announced the tenth round of awards from its UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme (UKSGS) offering grants of up to £5,000 and supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE.

The recipients for Round 10 are:

  • Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol to build a new dimmer room which will support a new studio space. £4,635
  • Criterion Theatre, Coventry to tackle an urgent asbestos removal project and rebuild the scenery store. £5,000
  • Farnham Maltings towards the installation of two new lifts which will improve the accessibility of the stage and rehearsal spaces. £5,000
  • Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow for works to clear the ceiling space and make sure it remains in a safe condition. £4,320
  • Acorn Theatre, Penzance for a number of essential health and safety works to raise handrails and secure the building. £5,000
  • The Bear Pit, Stratford-Upon-Avon to improve stage access and install a new ventilation system. £5,000

The UKSGS has run for ten rounds since 2012 with Round 10 marking the end of the previously announced scheme. The UKSGS has generated 241 applications and 51 awards to theatres large and small, ensuring access to the arts is nationwide. From Penzance to Thurso, the scheme has funded theatres in England, Scotland and Wales. Successful projects covered a range of improvements to facilities so that theatre buildings are more accessible for disabled audiences, performers and staff.

Jon Morgan, director of the Theatres Trust said: “The range of organisations that this scheme has supported reflects how a small grant can go a long way to protect the continued use of a theatre. The generous support of our funders has allowed us to extend this scheme and we look forward to helping more theatres to thrive and serve their communities.

New funding has been received from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust which will allow the Theatres Trust to extend this scheme by a further three years.

Madeleine Lloyd Webber, Trustee of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, said: “The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme provides a lifeline to theatres across the country enabling them to undertake vital works to keep them open and accessible to all. I am delighted to see other donors join us to support these important buildings in the tenth round of funding.”

Applications for the UKSGS are open now with a deadline of 7th January 2018.

22nd August 2017

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