Support for Museums

Updated 10/09/20

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

Covid-19 Recovery Funding

South East Museum Development – Free Grant-Writing Surgeries

Request one of our free bid-writing surgeries with Sonia Rasbery to hone your grant applications including those offered by Art Fund, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Arts Council England.

Contact your Museum Development Officer to book a time.

South East Museum Development Recovery Grants

Up to £7500

In partnership with Art Fund.  The total budget of up to £75,000 will be split between two rounds with the first deadline being 4 August and the second 15 September. We encourage applicants to carefully consider the value of their request so we support as many museums as possible.

  • Individual applications of up to £7,500 per museum organisation
  • Cash match funding is not required

Deadline:  15 Sept (12 noon)

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)

DeadlineThis is a rolling grants programme which can be applied for at any time.

Art Fund Grants

  • Respond and Reimagine Grants£10,000 to £50,000 to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future. Deadline 12 October.

 Support Organisations

 South East Museum Development

Latest Advice from SEMDP – South East Museum Development Programme

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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