Fundraising Skills Builder Grants

South East Museum Development grants are funded by Arts Council England.

This scheme offers grants of up to £750 to help museums develop fundraising and grant writing skills. They can be used to support individuals (or teams) to engage with training and other CPD activities that improve fundraising skills.  Individuals can be members of staff, volunteers, or trustees.

These grants are intended to provide additional, bespoke or higher-level support than our current provision relating to Grant Writing. Please check out our training events first as they may meet your needs:

The grants should be used within 12 months of receiving the funds to support a range of activity, including:

  • Individual (onsite) participation in the National Arts Fundraising School 2021; 7 to 12 November, Alfriston, East Sussex
  • On-site group training by specialist trainer or consultant
  • Mentoring by specialist trainer or consultant

Grants are available to South East museums (non-NPO, non-National) that are Accredited or formally Working Towards Accreditation.

There is a limited pot of funding available.  We want to support as many museums as possible, so we ask you to consider the amount of your grant request carefully.

Applications open:  1 June 2021

Deadline:  19 June 2021

Successful candidates will be notified by 27 June 2021 (in time for the National Arts Fundraising School deadline of 30 June).

Next steps

  1. Talk to your local Museum Development Officer before you submit your application.
  2. Read the Grant Guidance document below to help you prepare your application and understand our terms and conditions. Download here (PDF).
  3. Complete the online Fundraising Skills Builder Grant Application Form.

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