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Theatres Trust launches new grant scheme to improve environmental sustainability of theatres

UK – The latest round of the Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, will offer theatres grants of up to £20,000 for projects focusing on Improving Environmental Sustainability.

Protecting the environment is one of the biggest social issues right now and the theatre sector is keen to be more environmentally sustainable. While operational changes can make a difference in reducing energy wastage and carbon footprint, major energy consumption comes from heating, ventilation, stage machinery and lighting.

Sadly, many of the UK’s stock of more than 1,000 active theatres, particularly the older ones, do not meet today’s environmental standards. Theatre buildings and the plant that services them are in desperate need of investment to make them more efficient. In a recent Theatres Trust survey of theatres planning capital works in the next five years, 50% cited environmental improvements as one of the key reasons for the works.

It is hoped that these grants will support a range of projects that consider different ways theatre buildings can reduce their environmental impact. From sedum roofs to new windows, building management systems to more efficient water heaters, funding will be given to projects that demonstrate how a small intervention can have a big impact.

Tom Stickland, theatres adviser at the Theatres Trust says: “A lot of great work is already happening to make the theatre sector ‘greener’, but bringing buildings up to the required standard is a big challenge for theatre operators. Environmentally-friendly buildings are not just an ethical imperative but a business necessity that can impact on a theatre’s viability. We know from our research and from applications to our other smaller grant schemes that there is desire to carry out environmental improvement work so we are pleased to be able to offer this support.”

Theatre operators can apply for grants of up to £20,000 towards their building or equipment as part of the scheme. The deadline for applications is Friday 13 September 2019.

Full details of the scheme are available on the Theatres Trust website

21st February 2019

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