Recovery Grants 2.0

Supported by Art Fund, Arts Council England, Museum Development England and South East Museum Development

Recovery Grants are back!

We are delighted to offer one final round of Recovery Grant funding to museums in the south east.

This funding scheme aims to help museums re-build their offer and strengthen organisationally in response to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. This grant was created in partnership with The Art Fund, MDUK, and Arts Council England, and is administered by South East Museum Development.

Museums can apply for up to £3000 to fund a range of activity that re-engages audiences, adapts services, creates programmes, or addresses the longer-term sustainability of the museum and its collections.

We wish to support museums in the south east in any way in which leads to the future sustainability and resilience of your organisation, which could be as simple as piloting new income generation schemes or building your digital output.

Areas of work we are looking to fund:

Internal and External Audiences

  • access and inclusion initiatives
  • diversifying boards and workforce
  • volunteer support and recruitment
  • reviewing governance structures

Environmental Sustainability

  • kickstarting green initiatives
  • forming new sustainability partnerships
  • piloting environmentally friendly practice


  • building digital capacity
  • monetising digital offers
  • bringing in new skills to your team
  • digital strategy development


  • collections management/care
  • research & development of your collections
  • audience development strategy
  • community collaboration/co-curation
  • health and wellbeing

We aim to support 10 museums through this scheme ensuring a fair geographical spread over the south east region.

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can request between up to £3000.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is Wednesday 1 December 2021 (5pm).

We will announce the outcome of the applications by 17 December 2021.

Who can apply?

The grant is open to museums that are Accredited, or formally Working towards Accreditation located in Surrey, East & West Sussex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, and Kent/Medway.

We will accept applications from a cluster of organisations, provided the lead organisation meets the eligibility criteria. The maximum ask is per application (not per organisation).

We cannot accept applications from non-accredited museums, national museums, or national portfolio organisations (NPOs) unless they are part of a cluster or partnership application.

We will accept applications from organisations that have already received Recovery Grants from us in 2020/21 and 2021/22 provided the proposal is for new/different activity.

We will accept applications from organisations that have received Culture Recovery Funds (CRF) or Emergency Relief Funds (ERF) from Arts Council England or National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2020-21.  However, if the grant is oversubscribed, we will prioritise applications from museums that have not been in receipt of CRF or ERF funds.


 Successful applicants must:

  • Initiated activity by 31 March 2022 and complete an interim report including an itemised list of expenditure.
  • Provide some feedback to help MDE (Museum Development England) evaluate the scheme.
  • Take part in the next Annual Museum Survey (registration July 2022 / survey deadline September 2022). Failure to do so may render the museum ineligible for SEMD grants until April 2023.

How to apply

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

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