Collections Care funding available

*open to AIM members (though if you’re not you can apply through the Pilgrim Trust directly through their preservation and scholarship fund)

Collections Care Audits – enabling small museums to undertake a basic professional collections care audit. Audits are undertaken by an accredited conservator to help museums identify key collection care issues and priorities. Grants are £1,100 plus travel and VAT (if applicable) to cover the cost of a fully accredited conservator undertaking a three-day audit.

Collections Care Scheme – helping museums with under 50,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 pa to develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections through improvements to collection care. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to enable museums to receive tailored, specialist advice, purchase equipment to implement advice and train staff and volunteers.

Remedial Conservation Scheme – helping museums with 50,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 pa with the conservation of objects in their collections. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to conserve objects that are part of a museum’s permanent collection. Conservation work should be carried out by an accredited conservator unless in exceptional circumstances.

Deadline: 30 September 2021 Find out more: Collections Care and Conservation Grants – AIM – Association of Independent Museums (

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