André Bishop                           

Sir Cameron Mackintosh
Michael Attenborough            

Dame Angela Lansbury



Alan Brodie (Chair)                 

Robert Lee 
Maria Aitken   

Alan Finch                                      Geoffrey Johnson (USA)       

John Knowles
Peter Kyle          

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 Trustees 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 Trustees is provided. 



The date for the next meeting of the Grants Committee is currently under review due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We will update our website with details about any changes to our application process for 2020 in due course. 

For a detailed guide to applying for a grant, please see our

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.


During 2017/18 Hoxton Hall's Diversity in Theatre programme is being supported for its traineeships in Marketing and Development, Technical Theatre and Assistant Directing. The scheme aims to give three participants from BAME backgrounds professional and practical preparation for a range of theatre careers.  


The NCF recently gave a grant to The Sam Wanamaker Festival 2018 at Shakespeare's Globe. A weekend of workshops and intensive training helps drama students and directors explore the Globe's unique space. The Festival was again a success with the presentation on Sunday featuring the students performing duologues from Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

To accompany their 2018 production of TONIGHT AT 8.30, Jermyn Street Theatre commissioned three contemporary female responses to the work. GLIMPSE by Jenny Ayres (pictured), THE THING ITSELF by Emma Harding and SMITE by Morna Young played in repertory with Coward's short plays  and the NCF was delighted to support the emerging writers on the project.   

The Noël Coward Foundation

Paddock Suite, The Courtyard

55 Charterhouse Street

London, EC1M 6HA  020 7253 6226


Charities Number: 1082069