Collections Care Grants


Our Collections Care funding scheme offers small grants of up to £1000 to help museums action collection care needs.

We expect recipients to complete the funded activity within 12 months of receiving the funds.

Examples of how the grant might be used include:

  • Purchasing equipment or material that supports collections care (e.g. dehumidifier)
  • Costs for training workforce on preventive conservation measures
  • Costs for additional security patrols at temporarily closed and/or rural sites
  • Consultation fees with subject specialist (e.g. conservator)
  • Purchase and installation of security equipment (e.g. CCTV)
  • Costs to secure the building securely in accordance with insurance requirements

Who can apply?

The grant is open to all accredited/formally working-towards-accreditation museums in the South East (Surrey, East & West Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire).

We cannot accept applications from national portfolio organisations, national museums or non-accredited museums.

We will accept an application from a cluster of organisations, provided the lead organisation meets the eligibility criteria.

How much can I apply for?

Maximum of £1000.

How do I submit an application?


When will I hear whether my application has been accepted?

We aim to assess applications and contact applicants regarding the outcome within 2 weeks of submission.

Is there a closing date?

We are assessing applications on a ‘rolling’ basis. This will allow us to respond to requests quickly. There is a finite pot of money available, so the scheme will close by 31 March 2021, or when the funds have been fully committed.

Collections Care Grant Guidance notes.pdf

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