Welcome to the British Shakespeare Association

The British Shakespeare Association is a professional association of teachers, researchers, theatre practitioners, writers and enthusiasts. The BSA is a registered charity and its aims are educational – ‘to promote and foster a better understanding of Shakespeare and his work’. Read more about us »


The purpose of the small events fund is to offer practical and financial support to members of the BSA who wish to organise a Shakespeare-related event. We especially encourage proposals from members who are:

  • postgraduate/early career academic researchers; and/or
  • teachers and educators; and/or
  • theatre practitioners.

The fund is not intended to cover the costs of organising an event entirely; rather, it should be directed towards enhancing the event for the benefit of members of the BSA. This might mean making admission to the event free, for example, or being able to pay for a particular guest speaker or artist.

The BSA is committed to diversity and encourages proposals which create opportunities for under-represented groups to engage with Shakespeare.


You must be a member in good standing of the BSA (i.e., have paid your membership dues for the relevant period).


We have two levels of grant:

  1. Smaller scale grants in the region of £250-500 (we anticipate up to four per year); and
  2. A larger award (we anticipate one per year) of up to £1000.

The larger award is intended to support events that bring together participants from different areas geographically or from multiple constituencies (e.g. teachers, academics, members of the public, theatre practitioners).


We have two deadlines: 15 February and 15 July. We aim to respond promptly to applications, but please bear in mind the lead-in time that you will need to organise your event. We aim to respond within one month.


Please contact the events committee chair, Susan Anderson, for informal guidance: (susan.anderson@shu.ac.uk).

How to Apply

Applications should be made using the following online form: