Youth Theatre Arts Scotland: Grants for Youth Theatre

Closing date: Mon 3 Oct 2022: 5pm

We’re pleased to open applications for the next round of our Grants for Youth Theatre funding stream. Funding of between £500 and £3,000 will be available to YTAS Members, for activity taking place between October 2022 and March 2023. All members of YTAS, including youth theatre groups, organisations and freelancers/individuals are invited to apply.  

We want to provide funding for projects and activities which help to address local youth theatre access, resource and capacity, workforce or training issues, such as… 

  • Giving young people access to more and better-quality youth theatre opportunities. 
  • Improving connections across the youth theatre sector 
  • Improving creative, transferable and leadership skills across the youth theatre sector 
  • Increasing knowledge and motivation across the youth theatre sector 

This could include funding for: 

  • Delivery: time to develop new projects; enhancing scope or access of a current project; pay for new/additional staff time or cover costs associated with reaching new audiences or participants. 
  • Training needs: developing practice to enhance the wellbeing of youth theatre staff or participants; enhancing the sustainability of organisations; professional development or attendance at training events.  
  • Creative needs: hiring freelance artists, facilitators, or creative team; undertaking research and development for new projects or areas of practice; support to enhance or adapt events, performances or communications. 

N.B. These are only suggestions and YTAS is open to receiving applications for other uses. If you are unsure if your project is suitable, please just get in touch with us to ask. To see what grantees did in the previous round, take a look at the case studies here. 

Feedback from previous recipients

“This grant enabled me to be adventurous and ambitious (…) it gave me space and permission to fail and allowed me to learn and succeed in what I wanted to do with the project. It’s not often as artists that we’re given time and financial resources to do that, especially in youth theatre, but I would encourage anyone who wants to push their practice in new exciting directions to apply for the grant and take risks!”  Marion Geoffray, Theatre Sans Accents (2021 grantee) 

“The Grants for Youth Theatre funding we received was so beneficial, to not only our young people, but for us to reimagine our creative practices here at Creative Spark. YTAS were so helpful every step of the way and we felt so supported throughout. It has also given us the confidence to continue to grow and develop as an organisation, this is the result of all the training and support we received and continue to receive from YTAS.”  Jen McDonald, Creative Spark Theatre Arts (2021 grantee) 

“YTAS are the most supportive funder we have ever dealt with. They offered invaluable advice during the application process and targeted training and mentoring sessions throughout the project. We would definitely apply again.” Jane Murray, Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust (2021 grantee) 

“It’s more than worthwhile applying for funding from YTAS as you will receive so much more than just the money – support from industry professionals, connections with your peers and the opportunity to discuss your projects with a fresh set of eyes. The help and guidance we received helped us look at different approaches and solutions across the board.“ Lynne Cameron-Finn, Largs Youth Theatre (2021 grantee)

About The Fund 

YTAS’s Grants for Youth Theatre scheme is made possible through the generous support of Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations, the Gannochy Trust and Macrobert Trust.


Closing date: Mon 3 Oct 2022: 5pm