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Trusts and Foundations

Charitable trusts and foundation play a crucial role in funding our work. Helping us to maintain and upgrade our iconic building, nurture young talent and build Education and Borderlines community programmes – reaching out beyond the theatre to the most vulnerable and marginalised groups of people in our community.

Here are just a few areas of our work which can benefit from the support of trusts and foundations:

Talent Development

We’re committed to helping young people take their first steps towards a professional careers in the arts. From trainee directors, new writers and designers, we want to discover and support a new generation of theatre-makers.


Practitioners work principally with formal education, carrying out interactive storytelling workshops for pre-school aged children, literacy initiatives with schools, professional development for teachers, youth theatre and drama groups. But also engaging, lifelong learning projects with older people – all with a focus on improving attainment, raising levels of aspiration and understanding the benefits that education brings.


Work with groups at risk of being marginalised – young people caught up in the criminal justice system, members of minority communities, adults with learning difficulties, looked-after children and young carers – using theatre to help individuals find new and positive ways to understand themselves, their communities and their responsibilities as citizens.

Capital Improvements

The New Vic was the first purpose built theatre-in-the-round in Europe and as such we have a responsibility for its upkeep and maintenance. Grants from trust and foundations will allow us to benefit from the latest improvements and keep facilities up-to-date.

If you are involved with a grant-making trust or foundation and think a partnership with the New Vic Theatre might be possible, we’d be happy to talk about our rewarding projects and programmes and the beneficiaries who would benefit from your support.

Please contact us at if you would like to discuss a project or visit the theatre to see our activities in action.

Thank you to the trusts and foundations that are currently supporting us:

BBC Children in Need, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire Freemasons, The Ellerman Foundation, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Cheshire Community Foundation, Ragdoll Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, Francis Winham Foundation, Michael Marsh Charitable Trust, Open Gate Trust, William A Cadbury Charitable Trust, Edward Cadbury Trust, Cheshire Freemasons, Baron Davenports Charity, Denise Coates Foundation, Skipton Building Society, The Strasser Foundation