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. 


Some sources which are particular relevant to museums at the moment: 

Essex County Council announce new Arts & Culture Fund 

The new £1 million Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund will support the county’s arts and culture sector over a five-year period. The fund will offer artists and cultural organisations grants from £2,500 to £30,000 to deliver projects to help rejuvenate the sector, as well as our towns and city high streets.

Open to individual artists and co-operatives as well as community groups, charities and trusts, community interest companies, social enterprises and private and public organisations, this fund will support projects within the music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, combined arts, including festivals and carnivals, museums and creative sectors.

The ECC Arts and Cultural Fund will be open for applications from Tuesday 4 January 2022, but ECC are encouraging those who may be interested to express their interest here.

Find out more and apply

ACE Project Grants

Arts Council Project Grants have reopened , with new guidance – for the first time, the grants are open to museums and heritage sites who aren’t in the Accreditation scheme.

ACE have said they really want to fund museum projects, so do consider applying – guidance and information can be found here: Arts Council Project Grants

New 2022 deadlines for National Lottery Grants for Heritage applications of up to £5m

Projects should aim to improve the condition of heritage; allow for heritage to be identified and better explained; and ensure that people have learned about local heritage, leading to changes in ideas and actions. There is a focus on landscape and nature, and community heritage.

There are no deadlines for applications for under £250,000. Decisions are usually conveyed within eight weeks of receipt of application and support documents. The next deadline for applications exceeding £250,000 is noon on 24 February 2022.

Funding | The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Applications invited for Arts, Culture and Heritage projects across the UK

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has launched its 2022 funding round. Grants of up to £25,000 per year for three years are available to support arts, culture, and heritage projects across the UK. Funding will enable people to develop skills and careers, increase access to and promote diversity in the arts and heritage by reaching communities and individuals who would otherwise not participate.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 28 February 2022 (midnight).

More information – Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Culture Recovery Fund: Emergency Resource Support Round 2 extended

CRF3 Emergency Resource Support grants have been extended. The grants are intended to provide exceptional emergency funding to culturally-significant organisations that were financially sustainable before Covid-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other reasonable options for increasing their resilience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate they are at risk of not trading viably within 12 weeks of the point of application.

Grants are between £25,000 and £3m subject to limitations on previous CRF grant awards. This is a rolling programme and applications can be submitted between 29 November 2021 and 28 January 2022  with decisions announced within six weeks, where possible.

Check here for eligibility information and the application process.

Deadline: permission to apply must be submitted by midday 11 January 2022, and full applications by midday 28 January 2022

Other sources

  • Art Fund Small Project Grants  support museums to realise adventurous projects of up to £10,000. Art Fund also run a Respond and Reimagine grant scheme which museums in Essex have had luck applying to.
  • 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: 

Beth Wilkey has a spreadsheet with a more comprehensive list of grants and funders – contact her for a copy:

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