If you are thinking about applying for funding, you can speak to your Museum Development Officer (MDO) about developing your application. Your MDO should be able to supply up to date funding information and provide advice on which schemes might be suitable. You can also expect to receive support when writing and developing your application, including receiving feedback on drafts.
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Some sources which are particular relevant to museums at the moment:
Museums Association crowd funding campaign
The Museums Association is running a crowdfunding opportunity specifically for museums. The #SupportOurMuseums Crowdfunder is free to join if your museum is a Museums Association member, and all funds raised go to the museum. Museums which have taken part already have raised a quarter of million pounds.
More information can be found on the Museums Association website.
Government restart grants
The Restart Grant will be a one-off grant funding scheme in Financial Year 2021-22. It will support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant. Grants are available from 1 April 2021.
Museums and art galleries are specifically listed under leisure businesses.
National Lottery Heritage Fund
NLHF funding remains open to aid museums to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and increase their organisational resilience. Pre-application advice is available for projects over £10,000. If you would like help to develop your idea before you start your full application, you can submit a project enquiry form or Expression of Interest Form (for larger grants) to NLHF.
I’ve recently been to a session with NLHF to hear more information on this grant funding and am available to discuss application ideas and look over draft applications or project enquiry forms – firstname.lastname@example.org
ACE Project Grants
Arts Council Project Grants remain open, with the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. Grants can range between £10,000-100,000 for project specific activity.
Full guidance and information can be found on the Arts Council website
I’ve recently been to a session with ACE to hear more information on this grant funding and am available to discuss application ideas and look over draft applications – email@example.com
- Art Fund Small Project Grants support museums to realise adventurous projects of up to £10,000.
- The Foyle Foundation supports charities with an arts or learning remit. Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available and applications can be submitted at any time. More on the Foyle Foundation website.
- The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund is adapting its offer for museums needing support with Covid related implications to continue enabling access to collections. More information on the Museums Association website.
- Garfield Weston Foundation have an ongoing grant scheme to support UK charities. You can take their quick online eligibility quiz to find out if you are eligible. Their guidance for their schemes can be found here along with their FAQs. They can cover core running costs.
Other local funding opportunities might be available from the following:
- Essex Heritage Trust
- Essex Community Foundation
- Your local authority – many museums have had success in applying for a small business grant from the government, so this is worth exploring if you haven’t already.
Beth Wilkey has a spreadsheet with a more comprehensive list of grants and funders – contact her for a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org