Ready to Reopen in 2021 Grants


Our Ready to Reopen in 2021 funding scheme offers small grants of up to £1000 to help museums adapt and prepare their sites and operations for the safe return of staff, volunteers and visitors when Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

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

Examples of how the grant might be used include:

  • Adapting Front-of-House and/or back office areas for social distancing (e.g. rope barriers, Perspex screens)
  • Purchasing protective equipment (e.g. masks, gloves, sanitiser)
  • Enhancing digital and/or marketing activity (e.g.  investing in online booking system; card readers; online advertising)
  • Training for staff/volunteers (e.g. health and safety procedures; learning digital software)
  • Commissioning new signage (e.g. print costs; design fees)
  • Building works to improve air circulation (e.g. reopening windows).

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.

The grant is not eligible to museums that received reopening or recover grant funding for us in 2020, or those that secured emergency and/or recovery grant funding from Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Art Fund or Historic England.

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.

Ready to Reopen Grant Guidance notes.pdf

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