no strings attached: frequently asked questions

no strings attached: terms and conditions

what is it?

no strings attached is a grant scheme to help young people make their first piece of theatre. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to young people from across the south-east region.

The scheme is delivered by Farnham Maltings.

who is it for?

The grant is for anyone aged between 18 and 25 who hasn’t previously received public funding for the arts. You can apply as an individual or as part of a group.

You must live in one of the following counties: Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire.

We’re especially excited about ideas which are for different audiences or connect groups who perhaps don’t usually go to the theatre.

what can the grant be used for?

The no strings attached grant is to help support young theatre-makers, and so you will need to demonstrate that the grant will go towards funding the creation of a new piece of theatre. Your idea could include other elements; dance, puppetry, film, music etc. but first and foremost ideas must be about making a piece of theatre.

The grant can be used to help you put on a performance of your work, eg. you might use the grant to buy materials for costumes or props, or to get professional help with your production. It could also be used to help pursue a creative idea, eg. to attend professional training.

The scheme is designed with flexibility in mind; the funding is there to help you make the kind of theatre you would like to make. If you are unsure of the suitability of your project, please contact us.

Additional funding may be available for access costs in relation to disability.

is there anything the grant cannot be used for?

The grant can be used to buy in professional help or training but cannot be used to pay yourself or a member of your group.

The grant can be used to pay for rehearsal space, materials or the cost of editing but it cannot be used to buy assets or equipment such as computers or cameras.

no strings attached cannot be used to fund any projects that form part of a higher education course.

how do I apply?

To apply for the grant you will need to talk or otherwise present about your idea to a panel of arts practitioners and young people.

Your presentation should last no more than 10 minutes and should include a breakdown of how much you are requesting and how it will be spent. You can supply supporting paperwork but we really want to hear or see you talk about your ideas. Your presentation may have an element of performance and could include video or photographs.

The meeting of the grant giving panel will take place 30th October 2019 at Farnham Maltings. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, applications will open on the 09 September and close on the 21st September.

To register your interest and to book an appointment you will need to contact Emily Davis on

will I get any help with preparing my presentation?

When you register your interest you will be offered advice about how best to present your idea to the panel. You will also be offered help with planning your budget.

It would also be a good idea to talk to other people about your project, such as your tutor, youth worker or work colleagues. It would be helpful to practise your presentation on your friends and family.

what if I have access requirements?

Please share your access requirements with Emily and we will make reasonable adjustments to meet your needs.

will my travel expenses be paid?

You can claim travel expenses for up to two people in your group to attend the panel meeting. This will be based on a standard rail fare, or alternative, if needed for access, and will only be available on production of original receipts etc.

what will happen if I get a grant?

If you are successful you will be notified within two days of the panel meeting and receive payment for the full amount of your grant within 14 days.

You will receive support throughout the creative process and will also be paired with a professional mentor who will offer you advice and guidance on the development of your work and future opportunities.

what opportunities will this create?

This is an opportunity to get your work noticed by arts professionals and other funding bodies as well as your local community. It could be the start of your career in the theatre industry and might help you take the first steps towards the formation of a new theatre company.

what do I need to do first?

Firstly you should discuss your ideas with the people around you. Once you have a clear idea of what you would like to do and what you might use a grant for, you will need to contact Emily at Farnham Maltings for an initial chat about your idea. If your idea fits the aims of the grant scheme you will be offered an appointment at the panel meeting.

what will be required of me if I get a grant?

You will need to deliver your project! Please keep Farnham Maltings informed of the progress and development of your project.

how can I find out more?

If you need any further information please contact Emily Davis at Farnham Maltings:

01252 745424