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Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance

SHEE at Hidden Door - photo by Chris Scott

About the Programme

In late 2016, Creative Scotland commissioned an independent review of Touring for Theatre and Dance, and the final report was published in April 2017. Among the main conclusions was a call to establish a dedicated touring fund. This £2m fund has consequently been developed in partnership with the Federation of Scottish Theatre, and working groups made up of representatives of Scottish dance and theatre companies.

This fund aims to change the way we tour publicly funded theatre and dance productions, and support greater access to a variety of theatre and dance for a diverse audience. It also aims to provide broader opportunities for a more diverse range of artists and producers. This fund aims to bring about this change by:

  • Funding high quality work to tour in a way that could improve the relationships between venues and producers of touring work
  • Funding work that will increase audiences across Scotland
  • Funding work that increases the diversity of artists, producers and companies touring theatre and dance across Scotland
  • Creating conditions where artists are recognised for their work and can retain a proportion of the income their work creates to sustain their ongoing practice
  • Creating conditions to support venues to be more sustainable and give them the ability to invest more in developing audiences
  • Supporting the programming of work in venues or locations that would not otherwise present it.

This fund is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Who can apply?

All applicants must be based in Scotland and involved in the production, programming and/or touring of theatre and dance. We will accept applications from:

  • Individual dance and theatre artists, companies and organisations.
  • Independent dance and theatre producers
  • Consortia of venues.


This fund will open again for a second round of applications on 5 February 2019, with a deadline of 30 April 2019.

The deadline for applications for the first round was 6 November 2018. Decisions will be announced week commencing 17 December 2018.

We also plan to announce further details of the 2020/21 fund and application timescales in early 2019.

Further Information

In addition to the below guidance document, also see answers to frequently asked questions following a series of information sessions held around Scotland in October.


Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance 2018/19 - Guidance

Download the Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance Guidance in PDF format.

Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance Appendix 1

Download the Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance Appendix 1 in PDF format.

Image: SHHE performance at Hidden Door Festival, photo by Chris Scott