The Backstage Trust makes grants to registered charities, CICs and those organisations with charitable aims whose activities fall under one of the following headings:
- Encouraging the involvement of young people in the performing arts
- Assisting live arts projects (not all in the UK) which encourage community participation, and equality, particularly in under-represented areas
- Providing support to the arts’ freelance community
- Encouraging new writing
The Trust acknowledges that a critical need for most small arts organisations is professional advice and can sometimes fund the cost of appropriate consultant advice, allowing an organisation to benefit from help which would be beyond their means. With this, grants can also be used towards:
- providing help with professional development of small and medium-scale arts organisations, helping encourage diversity and remove barriers
- providing advice on fundraising and helping to create fundraising strategy
- giving advice on feasibility studies for capital projects, and guidance on project management
- funding elements (particularly the less appealing items) of capital projects
In applications, the Trust is looking for potential viability and clear ideas showing that the organisation has the capacity to use charitable funding in the most effective way. It wants to see evidence of fundraising plans, and to know that they could act as a catalyst to encourage other grant-giving bodies, but to not be regarded as sole benefactor.
There is no minimum or maximum amount you can apply for – typically grants average around £50,000.
The Trust does not operate a website, but further details can be found in their Information Pack.
This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Information Pack’ above for details of how to apply.