The Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation welcomes applications in the field of professional contemporary theatre. The proposal must fulfil some of the following criteria:

We support projects which

  • are innovative, extraordinary or experimental
  • offer cultural and artistic exchange
  • link to other activities of the Johnson Foundation (bridge projects):
    • music, dance and visual arts
    • assisting individuals affected by conflicts and violence
    • scientific research particularly in health and well-being
    • providing access to vocational training and education
  • are start-up projects for British and Swiss groups of artists
  • include educational activities
  • integrate people with special needs and improve their access to the arts

Recipients include

  • professional independent Swiss or British theatre companies that attract attention beyond their region
  • children’s and youth theatre
  • puppet theatre and object theatre
  • performances by Swiss or British companies in Switzerland, the UK or in our focus regions (see support field "Conflict and Violence") 
  • Swiss guest appearances at British theatre festivals
  • British guest appearances at Swiss theatre festivals
  • extraordinary projects in the seasonal plan of institutions

Applications have do be submitted online  (see "Documents and Downloads") and must include

  • completed application form 
  • a clear project description, including reasons why the project may be considered extraordinary and why it should be supported by the Foundation 
  • budget and funding details
  • confirmed performances at several venues / locations

We do not award grants to

  • exclusively commercial projects
  • individual artists
  • repeat productions
  • spoken word performances
  • circuses and magic shows
  • comedy
  • musicals
  • anniversary celebrations, prizes, competitions
  • amateur performances (even those working with a professional director)
  • requests for funding infrastructure and running costs
  • seasonal programming for theatres
  • film productions
  • book projects 
  • support for authors