The Theatres Trust has launched a new scheme to help theatres that are in need called Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities.
Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust, the three-year project will support communities that are already operating a theatre building, or planning to take one over.
At a difficult time for theatres generally, this scheme is aimed at communities who look after theatre buildings. There will be three main strands to the funding: a grants programme to fund strategic and organisational development work for three to six theatres a year; a new training and knowledge sharing programme, and supporting the sector through the procurement of a bank of specialist consultants to boost the Theatre Trust’s existing advice-giving service.
Theatres Trust Director Jon Morgan said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and to continue our relationship with the Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust. As the only organisation that works with all the UK’s theatres, we understand the historic and cultural significance of theatre buildings and their importance to their local areas. Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities will enable us to help theatres make stronger connections with their local communities and equip them with the skills to make a real and lasting impact.”
Stuart McLeod, Director England, London and South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We are pleased to support the Theatres Trust with this important resilience project alongside the other partners. Our theatres are integral to our communities, but they have had to deal with unprecedented challenges in recent years. We are committed to supporting the UK’s heritage to adapt and strengthen its resilience to thrive, and this innovative project offers theatres the chance to do just that. The legacy of this programme will be felt for years to come, helping to protect many of our historic theatres for current and future generations”.
Sue Bowers, Director, Pilgrim Trust said: “The Pilgrim Trust is delighted to continue its relationship with the Theatres Trust and to support this important programme. Historic theatres at risk face a multitude of complex issues that need to be resolved if they are to have a sustainable future. The advice, expertise and encouragement that this programme will provide to the groups who are campaigning to save these theatres for the future is greatly needed.”