Category Archives: Funding and Bursaries

The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Television production company have created three new Fellowships for writers already establishing a career. The fellowships will offer three writers a £10,000 bursary to support themselves in order to focus purely on their writing for six months.

The Royal Court and Kudos are specifically looking for writers who perceive that there are barriers to getting their work developed and produced in theatre and television because of class, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity, geography or any other barrier.

The three £10,000 bursaries (with additional travel and accommodation expenses covered) will support writers for a period of six months from January 2019. During this time, they will be able to take part in and challenge the work of the Royal Court and Kudos. There will also be opportunities to see productions, meet theatre and television writers who have significantly contributed to both forms and have ongoing artistic conversations with staff at the Royal Court and Kudos.

How to apply: writers apply by sending an application form downloaded from this page along with an attached play script (60 pages minimum) to

They can also accept posted applications and writers can contact the Literary Department directly if this application process is itself a barrier.

Who can apply: this opportunity is for writers who are resident in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Full details of the opportunity and the application process can be found here. 

Deadline: 16 November 2018

Source: direct contact


The Bush Theatre Project 2036 open for applications (BAMER artists, £7.5k bursary)

Project 2036 is a three year programme that will offer a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) playwright, director and producer a £7,500 bursary each year, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

“Census data suggests that within 20 years (or by 2036) half of all young people in London will be of dual heritage. We see that change on our streets. We want to see that change on stages and behind scenes across our city. We fear as an industry we are reacting much too slowly, and in some cases hardly at all. It’s crucial that we create opportunities for a rich diversity of artists to make work on our main stages and so redefine the canon of British theatre.”

Working collaboratively with their peers, each year will see three creatives develop work tied directly to the Bush’s brand new Studio space which was created as part of their redevelopment in 2016/17.

Five candidates for each discipline will be selected to attend an interview with a panel including Madani Younis (our Artistic Director). Successful candidates will be chosen based on their genuine interest in new writing, their potential as assessed in the interview and from the strength of their portfolio. The Bush Theatre will seek to place three creatives each year who can learn from one another and form a successful creative relationship during the course of their time working together at the Bush.

How to apply: visit the website for the full details and to apply.

Deadline: 16 July 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Arts Council England – Development grants available for individuals

Developing your Creative Practice is a new development fund from the Arts Council which allows individual creative practitioners time and space to develop their work. Grants from £2000 – £10000 are available.

How to apply: Please read the guidelines and check your eligibility carefully before applying.

Deadline: 16 May 2018

Source: @Arvonfoundation

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite

Papatango launched GoWrite, a brand new arm for participation and engagement, in June 2017. GoWrite will deliver an ambitious year-round programme of in-depth playwriting workshops and education opportunities for over four thousand people each year – all completely free.

Every part of GoWrite is directly inspired by their professional opportunities. Participants will be empowered to write their own plays and continue their playwriting journeys with Papatango long into the future.

There will be various opportunities to participate in GoWrite in 2018: 

Workshops in state schools are modelled on the Papatango New Writing Prize; students’ plays are published and performed by professional actors. Read more here.

Adult workshops are led by Papatango discoveries and artists, are available online, and include bursaries to cover travel costs for those attending in person. Read more here.

A fortnightly online career facilitation service run by the Papatango team will answer all your questions about Papatango, playwriting, or theatre in general. Access it here between 10am – 12pm on alternate Thursdays (next date: 15 March).

Playwriting courses are run for local communities at Luton Hat Factory and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, each culminating in a rehearsed reading, free to local audiences. Read more here.

GoWrite is delivered with partners including Shakespeare Schools Festival, Ovalhouse, Performers Theatre School Liverpool, and the House touring network.

Deadline: Various, check the website for details

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Live Theatre ‘Live Lab’ open for submissions for £2000 bursary

Submissions are now open for Live Theatre’s annual £2000 Live Lab Bursary to develop a new piece of theatre. Ideas should be outstanding, imaginative, theatrical and say something new and unexpected.

Bursary winners receive dramaturgical and producing support, space for R&D and rehearsals, and the opportunity to have their work performed at Live Theatre, often as part of Elevator Festival. Bursary winners are selected through an open call out launched in spring each year.

How to Apply:  Please email your proposal of no more than 500 words or 1 side of A4 outlining the project, the artists involved and the process of how you work to You may also want to include images and video links of the idea or previous projects.   For more information, visit the website.

Deadline: Friday 16 March, 5pm

Source: Direct contact

Call for Commissions for LightNight Liverpool 2017 with Open Culture (£1,000 commission)

LightNight, Liverpool’s late night arts festival, returns on Friday 19 May 2017.

The next installment of one of Liverpool’s biggest and best loved cultural events will be themed around the phenomenon of Time.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this special night and showcase your offer to thousands of visitors of all ages! Last year the festival received more than 72,000 visits in a single night, with more than 100 special events staged across 50 city centre venues.

Open Culture has secured Arts Council funding for a maximum of ten artistic commissions, of up to £1000, for the 2017 programme.

Selection will be based on the quality of your idea and your ability to deliver the work within the timescales and budget.

What to submit:  They are looking for emerging or established artists living or working in the UK. Proposals in any artform are welcome including visual arts, sculpture, technology, moving image, spoken word, performance, installation, light art or any combination of these.

They are looking for high-quality projects that are thought-provoking and engaging to the senses exploring the 2017 theme which is Time.

What you get: Successful projects will receive up to £1000 for all artist fees and materials.

These commissions will present opportunities for artists to create work which is:

– presented as part of a major festival that reaches a large and varied audience
– made in collaboration with a new organisation or venue
– challenging but accessible for new audiences

How to apply:  Be sure to read the full brief before applying. Your proposal should be no more than 3-4 sides of A4 and should include:

−Outline of your idea. Tell the team about your proposed activity and how it explores the theme of Time. What would the audience experience be? Tell them  why it’s a high quality artistic offer.
− If your activity is performance-based or will take place across multiple locations, please provide details of the number of performances / locations.
− Budget breakdown to include fees for planning and delivery, travel, materials and equipment. Please include any in-kind support (free use of equipment, etc) where appropriate.
− Confirmation of PLI insurance − Details of one or two relevant past projects, which show your experience of producing high-quality artistic work − Images or weblinks to support your proposal
− If you have suggestions or conformation of locations or venues please include details
− If there is a particular organisation or university department you would be interested in working with please include details.

Please email your proposal to

Deadline: Sunday 8 January 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award (£32,000 grant)

The purpose of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award is, in particular, to help the development of emerging practitioners in the field of experimental theatre, and, in general, to encourage the new generation of creative artists.

The award is for a company or individual to create either a show to be performed for The Pit Theatre, Barbican, or a site-responsive, non-traditional show to take place in the east London or in the City of London. The winning show, either in The Pit or, if site-responsive, elsewhere, will be part of the Barbican Theatre & Dance season.

The Award comprises:

  • Research and Development grants of up to £2,500 each
  • A production grant of up to £32,000. The size of the production grant (up to this amount) will depend on the scale of the show and a justified production budget
  • A mentor for the project
  • In-kind support from the Barbican, including press, marketing and some technical and administrative support

Eligibility:  You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Long-term normal residents of the UK or Ireland (3 years or more).
  • Demonstrable commitment to British or Irish performing arts.
  • Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
  • Production experience i.e. at least two or three fringe, or similar scale, productions in either the UK or Ireland.
  • All proposals must have an artistic leader attached to it, i.e. director or choreographer, who must be a long-term normal resident of the UK or Ireland (3 years or more).

Thowe NOT eligible to apply include:

  • Those in full-time education.
  • Artists or companies who have already had several main stage shows, or worked repeatedly with leading theatre venues, or are already well established artists or companies.
  • Companies that are Regularly Funded Organisations from the Arts Council.
  • Shows with a previous production history (excluding Research and Development work).
  • Proposals without an artistic leader (e.g., a director, choreographer).

How to apply:  Application forms (and additional information on how to apply) can be downloaded via the Barbican website.

Applications should be emailed to  Late applications and those other than by email will not be accepted.  Please ensure you have read the additional information (attached below), especially the eligibility criteria.

Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award welcome applications from a range of diverse backgrounds. The Barbican also welcomes applications from disabled and non-disabled people and invite individuals to get in touch if they have specific access requirements.

Deadline:  5 December 2016

Source:  Barbican email list

The MMBF Trust offering £250 fund for creative projects

This MMBF Trust -funded opportunity provides 10 groups or individuals with £250 to help kick-start their creative projects. In the past MMBF Trust has funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives. Whatever creative field you work in, they will consider your application.

• An innovative and highly visual creative
• A strong concept for a work of art and exploring artistic methods in line with modern technology.
• Proposals specifically conceived and created to inspire, educate and entertain.
• Proposals that will develop the applicants skills and experience whilst allowing them to grow in their chosen profession.

How to apply: download the application form from Hiive

Deadline:  31 December 2016

Source: Hiive