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FST Financial Support

At the moment, the following FST funds are available:

Online Training Fund
Rolling deadline – up to £250 per person – across all specialisms

Go, See, Network, Share Fund
Four deadlines a year: March, June, September, December

Euan Turner Training Fund
Rolling deadline – for technical and production staff and freelancers to attend IOSH or similar training

FST Training Fund
Rolling deadline – up to £350 per person – for technical and production staff and freelancers

For any queries regarding FST funding, please contact Fiona McCurdy, Professional Development Manager.

Online Training Fund

This new FST fund is our response to Covid-19-related advice on social distancing and has been designed to enable our members to take advantage of online CPD opportunities.

There is no restriction on the type of training but we do ask that you can demonstrate, in the application, how your chosen course will help to further your career and/or future work prospects.

The application is very brief and once you have had it approved you can sign up to your chosen course, submit your payment details with your receipts and the fund will be paid out. If you have any queries contact Fiona.mccurdy@scottishtheatre.org.

Online Training Fund details

For FST Members only

Across all specialisms

Up to £250 per person

Rolling deadline

GSNS Fund details

For FST Full & Individual Members only

Across all specialisms

Up to £1,000 per person


Quarterly deadlines:
31 March | 30 June
30 September | 31 December

Go, See, Network, Share Fund

The purpose of this fund is to:

  • Encourage more exchange with UK and international practitioners,
  • Broaden and complement sectoral engagement in critical debate and dialogue,
  • Inform areas of artistic and management best practice, and
  • Support increased cross-border working and touring.

This fund aims to support FST members by funding attendance at key sector events, both domestic and international, including conferences, showcasing events, festivals and sector body meetings where attendance provides significant opportunity for continued professional, creative and project development. The intention is that members will share the learning from their attendance with their peers.

Euan Turner Training Fund

This fund has been set up in the memory of Euan Turner, the FST’s Health and Safety advisor who passed away in June 2015. The purpose of the Euan Turner Training Fund is to financially support freelance and employed technical, production and stage management personnel in the performing arts sector in Scotland to undertake training for nationally recognised health and safety qualifications.

Who Can Apply:

  • Technical, production and stage management personnel based in Scotland who are either:
  • Freelance or work as a casual member of staff in the performing arts.
  • Are employed full or part-time in a theatre or performing arts organisation with a turnover of under £750,000 per annum.
  • Additionally, employed staff in organisations with a turnover of over £750,000 can apply for a limited number of places on more advanced training courses as outlined below.

Please note this fund

Training must be provided by an accredited training provider in the UK. 

Euan Turner Training Fund details

For FST Members & Non-members

For technical, production and stage management professionals

£££: between 50% and 80% of the total course cost

Rolling deadline

FST Training Fund details

For FST Members and Non-Members

For technical theatre and production professionals

Up to £350 per person

Rolling Deadline

FST Training Fund

This fund offers a sustainable solution to personnel shortages in creative production, stage management and technical skills in Scotland.

This fund provides financial support to theatre professionals to ensure their professional skills are up-to-date and in line with the latest practice and technology in the sector. It is open to full and part time employees as well as freelance and casual staff working in technical theatre and production roles in Scotland.