New Funds for Touring Theatre and Dance

Published: 29 Aug 2022

New funds are available for Scottish based artists, companies, producers and venues for touring live theatre and dance work from Autumn 2023 onwards.

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With support from The National Lottery, Creative Scotland’s £1million Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance eligibility criteria are now live and will close for applications at 14:00 on Monday 31 October 2022.

Since the Fund’s inception in 2018, over £7million has enabled a wide range of acclaimed new, and re-staged, theatre and dance shows including circus for babies, gritty drama, and musical comedy.

For this round, although work of all scales is eligible to apply, the priority for funding will be work that will tour to mid-scale and/or large-scale venues. This priority reflects gaps in provision from the work supported in previous rounds. A mid-scale venue has an audience capacity of 150-350; a large-scale venue has an audience capacity of over 350.

Laura Mackenzie Stuart, Head of Theatre at Creative Scotland said:

“It is with thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, this funding will provide vital employment opportunities for artists, producers, companies, venues and all the talented people who work hard behind the scenes to make the theatre a magical experience for audiences, after what has been an incredibly challenging and disrupted period.

“After a busy summer of productions taking place across Scotland, the 7th round of the Touring Fund will, once again, support venues and producers to present innovative, quality work and to encourage more audiences to re-engage with their local venues. Supporting work through this fund allows more artists to share their work and gives audiences greater choice.”

Please see the following links for details of supported shows in July 2022, December 2021, May 2021, December 2019, June 2019 and December 2018.


The Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance was developed as a collaboration between Creative Scotland, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and their members. The Fund supports the touring of theatre and dance, enhancing opportunities for artists, producers and companies to work more collaboratively with venues to grow audiences and provide greater access to high quality work across Scotland.

Full details and eligibility criteria for the Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance is available on Creative Scotland’s website. There are no upper or lower limits on the amount an applicant can apply for. Funding will support activity which can take place from Autumn 2023 onwards.


  • Online application portal opens: 14:00, Tuesday 30 August 2022
  • Application deadline: 14:00, Monday 31 October 2022

The overall budget for this round of the Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance is £1,000,000.  We expect the next round of Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance to be in Spring 2023.

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