Support for Museums

Updated 23/02/2021

Information and advice for museums

Latest advice from Arts Council England

Latest advice from AIM: Association of Independent Museums

Latest advice from NLHF: National Lottery Heritage Fund

Latest advice from Local Government Association

Latest advice from Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Grant Funds

Arts Council England (ACE) Project Grants

Up to £100,000

Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. Supplementary guidance has been published that outlines the changes. The fund will also focus more on activity that gives organisations the time to think, plan and test new ideas.

For the first time with this fund, ACE will be able to invest in activity where the route to public engagement may take longer and may take place beyond the boundaries of the activity you apply for. The usual requirement to provide 10% match funding has been removed.

  • £59.8 million available until April 2021.
  • 10% match funding requirement is waived until April 2021
  • Can be used for ‘reopening’ projects
  • Proposals up to £15,000 (6-week turn around on assessment)
  • Proposals over £15,000 (12-week turn around on assessment)

Deadline:  This is a rolling grants programme which can be applied for at any time.

Tools to help you with your ACE Project Grant application.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

•    Grants for Heritage:  Phase 1 (£3K-£10K; £10K to £100K).
•    Grants for Heritage:  Phase 2 £100K-£250K; £250K-£5million)

Art Fund Small Grants Scheme
•    Professional Network Grants 
•    Small Project Grants 
•    Weston Loan Programme
•    Acquisition Grants
•    Curatorial Grants

Paul Hamlyn Foundation 
•    Access & Participation Fund £30K – £400K, 1-4 years
•    Teacher Development Fund up to £150K, 2 academic years
•    Arts-based Learning Fund  £30K-£400K, 2-3 years
•    Shared Ground Fund (migration/integration) £30K-£400K
•    Youth Fund (14-25yrs) up to £90K, up to 3 years
•    Ideas & Pioneers Fund up to £15K

Click here for links to other museum grant schemes and funders.

Support Organisations

South East Museum Development

Latest Advice from SEMD – South East Museum Development

Leading source of free support for the region’s museums.  Offers professional advice on governance, audience development, workforce development, collections care, and development opportunities.

AIM: Association of Independent Museums

Latest advice from AIM: Association of Independent Museums

Independent museums are advised to contact AIM to make them aware of any specific issues.–

Museum Reopening Guidance and Checklist

AIM: Coronavirus Support Resources

AIM’s HR consultants, TheHRDept, have provided advice and resources to help museum managers navigate the Coronavirus crisis.

AIM’s Business Resilience Checklist helps independent museums consider their current situation and plan for challenging times.

Charity Finance Group

Latest advice about Covid-19 from the Charity Finance Group (CFG)

The CFG have put together a practical guide for charity finance professionals covering business continuity planning, cashflow management and insurance.

GEM – Group for Education in Museums

Latest advice and training opportunities from Group for Education in Museums (GEM)




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