Soho Estates Director Fawn James has donated £125,000 to the Theatres Trust’s London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.
The scheme, run by the Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres, was launched in Spring 2015, working with the London Mayor’s Office, to help small theatres in the city with vital capital funding. It was set up in response to the London Assembly’s ‘Centre Stage’ report into the challenges facing small theatres in London, which identified that 93% of small London theatres had yet to raise the money to carry out significant upgrade or repair to their buildings, with a direct impact on their future.
Fawn James, whose grandfather Paul Raymond started staging revue and variety shows in small venues in Soho in the 1950s, joins Cameron Mackintosh’s Mackintosh Foundation as the second major donor to the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.
Fawn says: "Our support for the London Theatre’s Small Grants Scheme reflects our continuing commitment to London’s arts scene, and means that small theatres will be able to honour London’s theatrical heritage, and be confident of a bright future."
The London Scheme has already helped 5 London theatres including the New Diorama, who with the help of the Theatres Trust, can create new office space for their supported community groups & artists. There were four other recipients in round 1, including the Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre.
The Theatres Trust also run a UK Small Grants Scheme, via their Theatres Protection Fund, to address urgent repairs to theatres in need and at risk.
Applications for Round 2 of the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme are now open. The application deadline is 17 August, and eligible applications will be reviewed by Trustees in Autumn 2016.