If you are a writer, please write us a letter no longer than one and a half pages long, telling us:
Your letter, as stated above, should be no longer than one and a half pages and should give us an impression of who you are, what you want to write about and the level of financial support you are seeking (including how you have decided upon that amount). For those who want help buying a new laptop we will usually award £800 and overall we will not usually award more than £5,000.
You should also send your CV, which should be a true and accurate reflection of your working life to date, both in terms of your writing and in terms of other work. We don’t need you to dazzle us, we just need an accurate picture of where you are now and how you’ve got here. Your CV should clearly state what you have written and where it has been produced. If you also do other things, such as direct or act you should list these separately and ensure that the nature of your involvement in each project you list is clear.
We support musical book writers and lyricists as well as writers of straight plays. We also support writers who write theatre for families and young people. We do not support writers who write solely for media other than theatre. We do not support composers.
On a separate sheet of paper please let us have answers to the following questions:
Finally, on a cover sheet let us have the following details:
We will not accept more than one application from you in any 18 month period and other than in exceptional circumstances will not make more than three grants to you.
We aim to make a decision on applications within three months of receipt and are often able to do so more quickly. We do receive far more applications than we have funds to support so we do sometimes have to make difficult decisions about who to support and cannot give a grant to everyone who meets our qualifying criteria.
So the checklist for what you should be sending us is as follows:
We give money to theatre writers in order to afford them the time and the space to write.
You can be a writer who’s only had one play professionally produced, a writer who’s had dozens of successes or a writer who’s somewhere in between - if you’re struggling to pay the bills, then we can help.
We only support writers resident in the British Isles.