Thirty-five projects have been awarded funding so far in our small capital grants programme. A total of £11,699,523 funding has been awarded out of the £20 million for small grants.

Follow the links below to find out more about the projects we have funded:


Cambridge Arts Theatre
Grant amount: £499,999

Cambridge Arts Theatre will redevelop and extend its current impractical foyer facilities to provide new public entrances, a new box office and significantly extend bar and hospitality spaces. This will greatly increase the Theatre's financial sustainability and resilience and provide an open and welcoming entrance for its audiences.

New Wolsey Theatre
Grant amount: £420,000

This project entails remodelling the backstage areas of the New Wolsey Theatre to accommodate a lift, a technical teaching workshop, remodel/increase space for office accommodation, enhance control of heating and upgrade the washroom facilities. 

Firstsite Limited
Grant amount: £499,999

Firstsite will regenerate a Grade II listed building in Colchester. Redeveloping the Old Police Station will create spaces for established creative enterprises, artists and start-ups, as well as encourage collaborative projects between disciplines.

Southend-On-Sea Borough Council
Grant amount: £498,959

Southend-On-Sea Borough Council will enhance and upgrade the new Focal Point Gallery, set to open in September 2013. The proposed work includes artist commissions.

East Midlands

Chesterfield Borough Council
Grant amount: £495,000

Chesterfield Borough Council will increase the resilience and sustainability of Chesterfield Theatres by improving their facilities to the standard required to present a varied high quality programme of live arts and film. This proposed work will also increase Chesterfield Theatres' income.

Grant amount: £282,073

Déda will redevelop its theatre and create a new studio space which will enable the development of new business partnerships. This will generate further income and support Déda's position as a national dance house.

Broadway (Nottingham Media Centre Limited)
Grant amount: £384,720

Funding will improve Broadway's facilities and resources to establish it as the lead centre for creative media in central England. The work will result in more efficient and effective use of Broadway's existing building, focusing primarily on improvements to floor space on its lower ground level.


Balletboyz Ltd
Grant amount: £100,000

Funding will support the purchase of specialist dance and digital media equipment for BalletBoyz' new studio base. It will also provide first class dance facilities for the company and other artists. These improved facilities will help BalletBoyz create and develop work, as well as provide the company with a sustainable revenue stream through the hire of these facilities.

Bermondsey Artists' Group
Grant amount: £120,054

This project will address the operational requirements of contemporary art venue, Dilston Grove, contributing to long-term sustainability, financial security and increased artistic flexibility. The introduction of new windows and a bespoke black-out system will also complete the renovation of the venue.

London Symphony Orchestra
Grant amount: £375,290

Improvements will be made to ensure that music education centre, LSO St Luke's, remains at the cutting edge of digital and production innovation. Upgrades to the centre's equipment and facilities will provide audiences, participants and artists with the highest quality experience.

Shoreditch Town Hall
Grant amount: £175,000

Funding will support the first phase of a capital project designed to modernise and improve access facilities at Shoreditch Town Hall. This comprises the installation of a new goods lift and level access from the rear of the town hall, as well as a new passenger lift from reception to upper floors.

South London Gallery
Grant amount: £130,000

South London Gallery (SLG) will improve its buildings and infrastructure to strengthen the organisation's financial sustainability, operational resilience, environmental footprint and quality of visitor experience. Planned works will address energy-saving efficiencies, urgent repairs, refurbishments, garden improvements and café fittings.

Bush Theatre (Alternative Theatre Company)
Grant amount: £195,000

Funding will support essential infrastructure upgrades to heating, lighting, the roof and café kitchen at the Bush Theatre's new home in the Old Shepherds Bush Library. These works will improve environmental sustainability, reduce running costs, increase income generation and improve conditions for artists and audiences.

Bow Arts Trust
Grant amount: £320,000

Refurbishment works will be undertaken to improve Bow Arts' operational effectiveness. This includes a roof renewal and improvements to the Nunnery Gallery. This project will also see the reclamation of underused spaces for public and artistic use to create further opportunities for generating new income streams.

English Folk Dance and Song Society
Grant amount: £378,842

Funding will improve access at the English Folk Dance and Song Society's venue, Cecil Sharp House, and enable DDA compliance, thereby making the building fully accessible for all users. Improvements will be made to other public areas of the building to enhance access and visitor experience, helping to increase the organisation's earning potential from ticket sales and room hires.

Hackney Empire
Grant amount: £338,800

Funding will support urgent repairs to Hackney Empire's listed building exterior and interior to make it watertight and sound. It will also support the refurbishment of internal plaster work and walls, repairs to the auditorium seating and fixings, improved access, improved energy efficiency through LED lighting and the re-commissioning of the building management system.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Grant amount: £273,200

Trinity Laban will enhance the theatre and studio at its Laurie Grove venue by providing state of the art rehearsal and production facilities. This will significantly improve capacity and will support the sustainability of the partnership with Greenwich Dance.

North East

Tyneside Cinema
Grant amount: £499,000

Tyneside cinema will redevelop an existing bar into a dedicated video art space and a vacant retail unit into a café bar and performance venue. This will sustain and nurture digital media arts activity for artists and audiences.

North West

Burnley Youth Theatre
Grant amount: £402,250

Burnley Youth Theatre intends to construct a new building which will replace the existing building, 'the blue building.'  The proposed building has three rooms, including two activity rooms, as well as toilet and kitchen facilities.  This will double the capacity of Burnley Youth Theatre.

Theatre by the Lake (Cumbria Theatre Trust)
Grant amount: £400,000

Theatre by the Lake will maximise the opportunity of its adjoining lakeside site by replacing existing poor quality buildings with a low carbon footprint catering and retail facility. This will provide it a substantial long term revenue contribution in support of the theatre and its activities.  

Bolton Octagon Theatre (Octagon Theatre Trust Limited)
Grant amount: £384,779

This project comprises the essential replacement of Bolton Octagon Theatre's main auditorium grid, ensuring it is safe and fit for purpose.  Front of house areas will also be modernised to create a more welcoming and accessible environment.  Both improvements will increase the theatre's financial resilience and environmental sustainability.

Royal Exchange Theatre
Grant amount: £499,000

This project comprises improvements to the Royal Exchange Theatre's lighting systems, rehearsal facilities, air handling and signage in the St Ann's Square building and Swan Street facility. It will increase the profile of the company and enable it to share resources and collaborate more flexibly with arts companies and community groups. The planned works will also reduce its environmental impact and costs.

South East

The Story Museum
Grant amount: £465,000

The Story Museum will create of a ground floor shop and cafe space to expand activities and generate new income. It will also install a new platform lift to make the first floor accessible to all, develop permanent office space for staff and install rental insulation and heating for cost-effective year-round use.

The Charleston Trust
Grant amount: £250,000

This project will modernise the Hay Barn Space by creating a flexible auditorium and performance space at Charleston, which will contribute significantly to the organisation's sustainability. The space will be used all year round, expanding the organisation's arts offer by focusing on literature and debate, including music and performance.

South West

North Devon Theatres Trust
Grant amount: £346,825

The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple will be updated with a new powered flying system, the installation of forestage elevators and further building and electrical modifications. The renovation will incorporate low-carbon initiatives.

The Engine Room (Somerset Film and Video Ltd)
Grant amount: £250,000

Somerset Film's community media centre, The Engine Room, will be upgraded to enhance its digital and creative media services and increase accessibility to its training, archiving and technical facilities.

Wiltshire Music Centre
Grant amount: £ 371,065

Wiltshire Music Centre will upgrade its auditorium technical equipment and foyer, external access to the venue and office space to increase the quality of its musical programming and improve the audience and sponsor experience both in and outside the auditorium.

Tobacco Factory Theatre
Grant amount: £121,988

This project will see the installation of a new seating system to improve user experience, increase income and enable the diversification of Tobacco Factory Theatre's programme.

West Midlands

ACE Dance and Music (African Cultural Exchange)
Grant amount: £250,000

ACE Dance and Music will refurbish its artistic and administrative spaces. Planned work includes the expansion of the dance studio, improvement of dancer facilities, a new building entrance and reception and a new office mezzanine.

Ikon Gallery
Grant amount: £457,387

Ikon Gallery will replace, repair and modernise parts of its Grade II-listed building.  This work will contribute to organisational efficiency, resilience and sustainability by investing in capital and energy-saving improvements that will reduce costs and directly protect Ikon's ability to showcase world class art.

The Courtyard Centre for Arts
Grant amount: £314,400

The Courtyard will increase the sustainability, resilience and capacity of its building by investing in a range of vital improvements. This includes the installation of new technical equipment, the refurbishment of public areas and artistic spaces and improvements which will help The Courtyard reduce its long-term carbon footprint.


The Point (Darts - Doncaster Community Arts)
Grant amount: £148,633

This project comprises a number of improvements to Darts' participatory arts venue, The Point. This includes improved lighting in the studio, repurposing of the crèche as a therapeutic indoor-outdoor education room, the enhancement of the gallery programme through light control and better access, and the creation of a new garden workshop. These improvements will increase revenue, expand The Point's audience and increase its artistic potential.

Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust 
Grant amount: £499,409

Funding will support the development of an existing building into a new theatre and performance venue in Doncaster. The grant will primarily support the installation of state of the art lighting and AV equipment which will increase the production values of the venue and attract high quality artists and theatre companies.

Heads Together Productions
Grant amount: £327,351

Heads Together Productions will refurbish Seacroft Methodist Chapel into a bespoke broadcast arts space in the heart of East Leeds. By combining state of the art facilities with a unique, accessible venue, Heads Together will be able to increase both the quality and size of its community arts programme.

Project Space Leeds
Grant amount: £225,500

Funding will support the conversion of the Tetley Building in Leeds into a contemporary visual arts hub by Project Space Leeds and Carlsberg UK. Arts Council funding will specifically go towards the creation of high-quality showing, learning and resource spaces and community facilities within the building.