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Level Up: Improvement Grants

Applications to the Level Up:Improvement Grants are now closed. The next round of grants will open in April 2019. Please check back then or sign up to our newsetter for further updates. 

The SEMDP Level Up: Improvement Grant is our standard grant package, open to all accredited/formally working towards accreditation museums in the South East. We encourage applications for projects and/or development activities that contribute to one or more of the Arts Council England (ACE) five goals, and key aims in the South East Museum Development Business Plan 2018-2022. These are listed in the Guidance Notes below. 

How much can I apply for?

Your museum can apply for up to £2000 from the Level Up: Improvement Grant fund. We have £20,000 within the Level Up: Improvement Grant programme for 2018-2019. This will be split equally between two rounds. See ‘When can I submit an application’ below for further information on the deadlines for these rounds.

Partnerships or networks can apply for up to £4000.

Priority will be given to applications from museums/partnerships that have not received funding from the South East Museum Development Programme’s grant funding streams in the last two years.

When can I submit an application?

There will be two rounds for the Level Up: Improvement Grant. The deadline for the first round of applications will be 5pm on the 7th September 2018, and the deadline for the second round will be 5pm on the 30th November 2018. All applications will be assessed together by the Museum Development team. If there are any remaining funds we will issue another application window.

How do I submit an application?

  • You should contact your MDO to discuss your application.
  • You should read the guidance document below to help you with your application.
  • You should complete a Level Up: Improvement Grant Application Form. Only fully completed forms will be considered and processed.
  • You should submit a copy of your Forward Plan with your application.


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