What is the Theatre Spaces Funding Scheme?
Following the identification of seventy-two theatres in Malta in a national survey, Spazji Teatrali – A Catalogue of Theatres in Malta and Gozo was launched. The study aimed at evaluating the state of theatre buildings in Malta and Gozo and outlined the features of the theatres listed as well as the potential use of these spaces for anyone interested in performing there. This Funding Scheme is Divided into 2 Strands.
What are the objectives of this fund?
This fund is designed to ensure that there is a legacy to the survey mentioned above. The objectives of the grant are:
- To offer the financial means to make improvements in the selected spaces, leading to the spaces becoming both functional and more professional
- To encourage decentralization in the use of theatre spaces in the Maltese Islands by diversifying areas, audiences and opportunities
- To accommodate individual performers and performing arts practitioners including companies with rehearsal, workshop and performing spaces
- To maximize on the opportunity for the sustainability of artistic work
What will this fund support?
- The fund can cover up to 80% of the eligible costs up to a maximum of €20,000 per project. The project needs to take place within 12 months from the final result notification date.
- Applicants need to make sure that the idea proposed contributes towards securing a vision for the space. This will be discussed and further elaborated upon during discussions with Arts Council Malta/Teatru Malta.
- Eligible costs for this fund include any improvement and/or refurbishment expenses aimed at developing the space to become more in line with current professional standards. Examples of projects which this scheme may support include studio plastering, stage flooring, purchase of curtains and technical equipment, works facilitating access, health and safety, soundproofing and acoustic improvement among, others.
- The scheme cannot support core structural works (such as actual building and any component or part of an assembly, which provides any necessary supporting structure to the whole or any part of the building) and also cannot support the actual implementation of projects as part of the theatre’s artistic programme.
The 5 theatres mentioned below will be benefiting from this unique funding scheme after successfully submitting their proposals in 2018:
1.Teatru Metanoia, Luqa, Malta
2.MADC Clubhouses, St Venera, Malta
3.Teatru Astra, Rabat, Gozo
4.Teatru Salesjan, Sliema, Malta
5.Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat, Malta
Please click here to download the official guidelines for 2018.
What are the objectives of this strand?
The fund is designed to ensure that there is a legacy to the survey mentioned above. The objectives of this strand are:
- To offer the financial means to make structural improvements in the selected spaces
- To encourage decentralisation in the use of theatre spaces in the Maltese Islands by diversifying areas, audiences and opportunities.
What will this strand support?
The fund can cover up to 80% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum of €500,000 per beneficiary over a two-year period.
Beneficiaries may therefore benefit from a total allocation of EUR250,000 per year for two years.
Depending, on the nature of the project, the Evaluation Board might consider retrospective costs for works (forming part of the project) which would have already taken place. The amount to be allocated to successful applicants is at the sole discretion of the Evaluation Board and successful applicants may be awarded less than the amount requested. The timeframe of the project cannot go beyond 24 months from the final result notification date.
The 3 theatres mentioned below will be benefiting from this funding scheme after successfully submitting their proposals in 2019:
- Teatru Salesjan, Sliema, Malta
- Għaqda Banda Żejtun
- Societa’ Filarmonica Maria Mater Gratiae Żabbar AD 1883
To download the guidelines for The Theatre Spaces Funding Scheme Strand 2 click here.