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Trusts and foundations

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Grants from Trusts and Foundations help us to make sure that anyone can enjoy a life enriched by culture.

Your support could help us to create productions, develop the next generation of artists, or ensure that all young people have the chance to make theatre.

Find out about current trusts and foundations supporters here.

We would love the chance to hear more about your interests and how we could work together. Please contact Peter Burgess, Head of Trusts and Foundations, on 020 7452 3460 or at

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Nationwide programmes for young people

Our Learning Department helps young people to create, watch and learn about theatre. Our programmes include touring shows, a youth theatre festival, and a free streaming platform for schools.

Buffini Chao Foundation is a treasured supporter of our nationwide learning activity. Like us, the Foundation wants to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people, and its support helps us to reach thousands of young people every year.

Explore our Learning programmes

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Working with communities

Public Acts is our national initiative to create extraordinary community theatre. At the heart of the programme is the idea of connection, helping people feel less isolated and more confident in new challenges.

Through its support of Public Acts, The CareTech Foundation is helping to provide access to the arts to everyone, wherever they are from.

Find out more about Public Acts

Developing artists and new productions

The New Work department is the engine room of the National Theatre, a place for exploring ideas and developing new talent. We help theatre-makers dream up productions like War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Lehman Trilogy.

The Genesis Foundation helps us to support artists as they develop bold, accessible, new forms of British music theatre. The Genesis Music Theatre Programme allows writers and composers to develop their ideas into new musicals.

Read more about our New Work department

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We are transparent with our donors and supporters, ensuring that our fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful.