Young people creating their first piece of theatre can now apply for a grant specifically aimed at helping artists start out.

A number of ‘No Strings Attached’ grants worth between £500 and £1,000 are available for 18-25-year-olds across the South-East of England.

Julia Clague, Theatre Administrator for Farnham Maltings who are running the scheme, said: “As the process of applying is very simple, working on a first-come first-served basis with no lengthy applications, we are able to engage with the widest possible group of people.

“The successful recipients also receive mentoring from an industry professional alongside their funding, this offers an insight into the industry and advice which is invaluable.

“It is a light touch application process with the emphasis being on what the artists want to do and why.

“For some it launches their theatre career, for others it clarifies what they want to do.

“The successful applicants build really strong relationships with their mentors and these often extend beyond the timeframe of the grant.”

The application deadline for the grant is October 1.

Performers must be from Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire.

The grants are available for all types of performance, ranging from new writing, to puppetry, to dance.

New partnerships with ‘Unlimited Impact’ has opened up funding opportunities for young disabled artists too.

‘Unlimited’ offer opportunities for young disabled artists and theatre makers to produce new shows.

To apply, you must present your piece in front of a panel of arts practitioners and young people on October 19.

The ‘No Strings Attached’ grant is available to 18-25-year-olds in the South-East. The deadline for applications is October 1. For more information, and to apply, click here.