Michael Attenborough, CBE
Patricia Hodge, OBE
Dame Angela Lansbury
Sir Cameron Mackintosh
Alan Brodie (Chair)
Alan Finch Geoffrey Johnson (USA)
Alan Pally (USA)
Tara Rubin (USA)
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 has changed the usual application process for 2020. We will be donating the majority of available funds to Acting For Others in order to support those theatre and entertainment professionals who are worst affected by loss of income at this time. Please see the press release available to download above for further details of the donation.
The NCF Grants Committee will still accept some applications for grants to be distributed during July 2020, however there are revised criteria for these awards due to the much lower levels of funding available. For a detailed guide to applying during the summer 2020 round of funding, please see our HOW TO APPLY page.
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.
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