About the fund

Many areas of England provide few opportunities to attend and participate in the arts. They may be geographically isolated or suffer from a lack of local artists and arts organisations. We believe that everyone has the right to experience and be inspired by the art, so we want to transform the opportunities open to people in these places.

The Strategic Touring Programme funds touring work, focusing especially on areas where people have low engagement with the arts and those that rely on touring for much of their arts provision. It also seeks to extend the reach of high quality work by broadening the range of venues presenting it.

Additional aims

- Forge stronger relationships between those involved in the demand and supply sides of touring – audiences, promoters, venues, artists and producers

- Encourage in particular: work that reflects the diversity of the local community and/or contemporary England; incoming international work; mid-scale theatre

The projects

Find out more about the most recent successful applicants.

Funds available

£35 million is available for this fund from 2015-18. This includes £750,000 every year of the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund, which we use to support inbound international touring.

Have a look at our infographic to see how we invested our funds in year two of the programme. You can also read the full report on that year.

Find out how to apply