Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust Fund

Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust Fund has been created with the Norfolk Community Foundation to provide opportunities for local communities to get more involved in a range of creative, cultural and heritage activities in King’s Lynn.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available. The fund will operate on a rolling basis, with decisions being made twice annually.

Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust’s vision is for the restoration and development of St George’s Guildhall – Britain’s oldest working theatre and the only theatre in the world that can claim Shakespeare performed there – is to create a sustainable mixed-use performance, arts and cultural centre; heritage attraction of national significance and a great economic, education and cultural asset for the town of King’s Lynn.

Priority will be given to activities addressing one or more of the original charitable aims of the Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust:
  • To advance the arts through the provision and management of relevant public activities and events at St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn
  • To advance education in the visual and performing arts, including theatre technical skills through the provision of exhibitions, workshops and other such events
  • To advance education in theatrical history and traditions associated with the town of King’s Lynn through the undertaking of research, and the publication of the useful results of such research
This fund will support the following activities:
  • Plays, recitals and performances
  • Research, education, workshop and courses
  • Exhibitions and publications
  • Educational tours, visits and partnerships
This grant might be right for you if: 
  • You are a small, grassroots community group or charity with an interest in the arts
  • You are an established organisation with a track record of delivering theatre related activities
  • You can spend the grant within 12 months of receipt
  • Your organisation is based in Norfolk and delivering the proposal in King’s Lynn
The panel will consider:
  • Projects over £5,000 for special projects
  • Looking at applications outside of the panel dates for special projects

This grant might not be right for you if:
  • You are not a constituted group
  • Your activity does not address one of the fund priority areas
  • Your organisation is not based on Norfolk

All applicants must meet NCF’s general eligibility criteria.

When to apply:

This fund will operate on a rolling basis, with decisions being made in April and October. For applications to be considered in the October panel, they will need to be submitted by Friday 29th September 2023. When planning your project, please be aware when the panel makes decisions.

Call for Applications


Maximum Grant


Who can apply?

Constituted community groups based in Norfolk, who are able to deliver their project proposal in King’s Lynn

Eligible Area

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

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