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So far, YTAS has distributed just under £80,000 in grants and bursaries to member youth theatre organisations and practitioners.

When our funding allows, we open small grant streams to support youth theatre projects, or make youth theatre activities more accessible. Our grants also focus on development for people who use drama and theatre in their work with young people, as well as for member youth theatres.

We began our journey into grant-making with a Directors’ Development bursary back in 2016 and 2017, then established a CPD Bursary for our members in 2019. We increased our grant-making in 2020 and 2021 in response to the pandemic, through our Microgrants and Grants for Youth Theatre, which distributed emergency public funds to help reduce the impact COVID-19 on the sector. Grants for Youth Theatre returned in 2022, when our focus was access, resource and capacity, workforce or training issues.

It takes lots of fundraising to be able to provide grants, but we know how appreciated this support is for youth theatre groups and leaders. We’ll keep advocating and applying for ongoing resources to continue to provide this support. Funding for YTAS’s grant-making has been provided in the past by the generous support of the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, YouthLink, SCVO, the Gannochy Trust and the Saltire Society. If you represent a grant-making body whose charitable aims align with ours, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Open for application

These funding avenues are currently open for application.

Bursary: Expenses Support for National Convention of Youth Drama 2024
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Bursary: Regional Hubs
Access Bursaries: National Festival of Youth Theatre 2024

Past grant-making

Over the years we have been able to provide a wide range of grants, funding and support across the youth theatre sector.

Bursaries: Dorothy Heathcote Now, International Drama Conference 2023
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Expenses Support: National Convention of Youth Drama 2023
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Grants for Youth Theatre 2022
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Bursaries: YTAS Sector Training Programme
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Bursaries: Directors’ Development Programme 2022-2023
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Grants for Youth Theatre 2021


Our members are located throughout Scotland and together they are responsible for the majority of youth theatre activity delivered across the country

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