A collaboration with the Wolfson Foundation will see theatres of all sizes eligible for up to £20k in funding this year to make their buildings more accessible.
A new fund plans to help theatres improve their signage, seating and access routes to improve accessibility for staff and audiences.
Launched by the Theatres Trust in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, the three-year ‘Theatre Improvement Scheme’ will provide up to £20k for venues planning “innovative and pioneering” changes.
The annually themed scheme, which is focusing on access in 2018, will distribute £100k each year. It is open to non-profit theatres of all sizes that demonstrate “excellence in the pursuit of becoming an accessible theatre”.
Projects may focus on access behind the scenes or front of house. The intention is for the selected theatres to act as best-case examples for other theatres.
Speaking about the scheme, Jon Morgan, Director of Theatres Trust, said: “Many theatres, particularly those built some time ago, face challenges ensuring all audience members, companies, and crew can have an equally brilliant experience.
“Level changes, signage and seating are some of the areas that need addressing. We look forward to seeing theatres challenge the status quo and embark on valuable projects to make theatre going accessible for all.”
The deadline for applications for the 2018 ‘improving accessibility’ fund is 13 September 2018. Themes for 2019 and 2020 will be announced in due course.