Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance opens for applications

A group of dancers partying on a stage lit in smokey pink and purple lights. Balloons fall from the ceiling and in the background, the word 'Paradise' is lit up in pink neon light.

Small Town Boys production by Shaper Caper

  • Scotland-based artists, choreographers, producers, companies and venues touring live theatre and dance work can apply on the Creative Scotland website.
  • Deadline: Wednesday 18 September, 2pm

£2million of National Lottery funding is available in the latest round of Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance.

Developed in collaboration with the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the Fund supports theatre and dance tours, enhancing opportunities for artists, producers and companies and fostering collaboration with venues to grow audiences and increase access to high quality performances across Scotland.

Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, Head of Theatre at Creative Scotland said: “Thanks to The National Lottery funding, we’re able to boost support for touring theatre and dance performance right across the country, reaching right into the heart of our communities. Applications are welcome from new and established voices across all scales, whether presented indoors, outdoors, or in site-specific locations, and spanning a wide range of styles and mediums.”

Now in its eighth year, the Fund’s legacy grows having enabled some of Scotland’s most extraordinary, humorous and moving stories, presented in surprising and innovative ways.

Since the Fund’s inception in 2018, over £12million has been distributed to a wide variety of award-winning, new and restaged productions. These include Dundee-based Shaper Caper’s award-winning Small Town Boys show exploring 80s/90s queer night life; Sleeping Warrior Theatre’s musical To Save The Sea showing the power in ordinary people’s activism when occupying a North Sea oil store; and Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness providing a theatre and dance network for children in the North of Scotland. 


This year’s funding round will support activities beginning in Spring 2025.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland, distributing funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at Follow us on XFacebook and Instagram. Learn more about the value of art and creativity in Scotland and join in at

Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised more than £47 billion for good causes. More than 670,000 individual grants have been made across the UK - the equivalent of around 240 lottery grants in every UK postcode district.

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