Michael Attenborough, CBE

André Bishop 

Patricia Hodge, OBE                          

Dame Angela Lansbury

Sir Cameron Mackintosh


Alan Brodie (Chair)                 
Maria Aitken   

Alan Finch                                      Geoffrey Johnson (USA)       

John Knowles
Peter Kyle   

Robert Lee 

Alan Pally (USA)

Tara Rubin (USA)
Rosy Runciman                     

Caroline Underwood

The Noël Coward Foundation was set up as a charitable Trust in 2000 by Graham Payn and Dany Dasto.  Its aim is to award grants to educational and development projects across the Arts and to continue the keen interest Coward himself took in charitable work during his lifetime.  The Foundation is proud to support a diverse range of outstanding organisations working in theatre, music, dance, playwriting, technical training, academic research and many other areas.


While the Foundation will consider a wide range of requests for funding, the charity's original Trust Deed gives priority to applications with a strong educational element and those with particular but not exclusive emphasis on supporting people entering or in the early stages of a career in the arts.


The Grants Committee meets three times per year and notices of their decisions are sent out shortly after each meeting.  The Committee accepts applications for single grants for specific projects and no longer considers requests for multi-year funding. 


Please note that the Foundation does not award funding to cover production costs in any form, and the Grants Committee will not award money to individuals except through organisations and companies who might themselves wish to make awards to individuals.  Therefore, the Foundation is unable to offer grants to individual applicants seeking funding for university or drama school fees. The Foundation encourages interested organisations to get in touch prior to sending in their application so that we can advise them of the suitability of their request and also ensure that all the information required by the Grants Committee is provided. 



Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Foundation changed its usual application process during 2020. We made a substantial donation to Acting For Others in order to support those theatre and entertainment professionals who are worst affected by loss of income at this time and distributed a number of special grants in response to applications from theatre and arts organisations that we have supported in the past.  Please see the press release available to download above for further details of the donations.

We are now accepting applications for the NCF's spring 2021 meeting of the Grants Committee which will be on 27 May 2021. The deadline for applications to reach us is 19 April 2021. 


Please see our HOW TO APPLY page for further details.

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, a development scheme for new musical theatre writers in upstate New York, USA, received a grant during summer 2017.  Mark Sonnenblick (pictured) spent a week working on his musical Devotion alongside a number of other talented writing teams.


Hoxton Hall's Diversity in Theatre programme runs traineeships in Marketing, Development, Technical Theatre and Assistant Directing. The scheme gave three participants from BAME backgrounds professional and practical preparation for a range of theatre careers.  

Hoxton Hall Diversity in Theatre
New Vic Theatre High Flyers
Globe Theatre Sam Wanamaker Festival

The NCF was proud to support The Sam Wanamaker Festival 2019 at Shakespeare's Globe. A weekend of workshops and intensive training helps drama students and directors explore the Globe's unique space and the many exciting performance opportunities it offers.

New Vic Theatre ran a series of  musical theatre workshops during 2019  for young people in the Staffordshire area.  There was also the opportunity to participate in the creation of a completely new musical, High Flyers.

Photo credit: Andrew Billington 

The Noël Coward Foundation

Paddock Suite, The Courtyard

55 Charterhouse Street

London, EC1M 6HA  020 7253 6226


Charities Number: 1178029