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Development Grants

The Development Grant scheme supports museums to undertake development activities, enabling them to acquire the skills, capabilities and confidence they need to meet the challenges and demands of their work in the museums sector.

The scheme opens up opportunities for Kent & Medway museums to implement a specific developmental project, develop learning partnerships with other organisations, in ways that can provide truly transformative benefits. 


Please read the scheme guidelines carefully and contact your MDO to discuss your proposal before submitting an application.

Download Kent_and_Medway_Development_Grant_Guidelines_2016_17.pdf...

How to Apply

The 2016-17 scheme is open from 1st May 2016. It will close on 31 December 2016 and all funded activities must be completed by 15 February 2017.

You can apply as a:

  • MUSEUM - Application made on behalf of your museum organisation
  • INDIVIDUAL - Application made on behalf of an individual member of staff or volunteer from an eligible museum organisation
  • NETWORK - Application made on behalf of a network or partnership of eligible museum organisations

You can apply for up to £2,000.  Grants will be distributed to successful applicants on a first come, first served basis.

How to claim your Kent & Medway Development Grant

Download SEMDP_How_To_Claim_Your_Grant_2016_17.pdf...

More Grants from the South East Museum Development Programme

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Business Innovation Fund

The Business Innovation Fund encourages museums to experiment and take risks to create new business services and products. 

Digital Initiatives Fund

The new fund is designed to encourage museums to investigate and implement new ways of using digital and technological approaches.