Theatre Reopening Fund

Aims/priorities: In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, Theatres Trust has repurposed its small grants schemes to support not-for-profit theatres across the UK to cover the additional costs of reopening after several months’ closure. The Theatre Reopening Fund offers capital funding for building improvements and for purchasing equipment that will allow the theatres to reopen viably and safely. Capital grants are available for necessary building alterations and equipment to allow theatres to reopen safely with regards to coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions.

Works that support a risk-assessed approach to reopening could include:

  • Alterations to circulation spaces to enable social distancing.
  • Changes to ventilation systems.
  • Purchase and installation of Perspex screens and sanitisation stations.
  • Any other equipment and building improvements that support reopening.

Priority will be given to applications which demonstrate how the project will support the theatre’s safe reopening.

Who can apply? Not-for-profit theatres

Grant amount: Up to £5,000

Application process: Application forms and terms anc conditions can be downloaded from the funders website. Before applying, applicants should get in touch with the Trust to discuss the project/work.

Deadline: Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed on a rolling basis. The Trust aims to make decisions on applications within four weeks.

Contact information: 

Theatres Trust
22 Charing Cross Road
Telephone: 020 7836 8591 Email:

Website address:


£1000.01 to £10,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Covid 19