Recovery Grants 2.0

Recovery Grants 2.0 is a funding scheme that aims to help museums re-build their offer to audiences 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 supports effective reopening, re-engages audiences, creates or adapts programmes and services, or addresses the longer-term sustainability of the museum.

Activities that can be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing governance, staffing and business models
  • Establishing sustainable community partnerships
  • Adapting/developing ways to engage with audiences and communities
  • Investing in the health/wellbeing and development of your paid and volunteer workforce
  • Adapting/developing digital activities to increase reach and/or collect data
  • Responding to the climate emergency and reducing environmental impact
  • Introducing more inclusive practices
  • Reviewing collections and developing new interpretation and displays
  • Undertaking audience development research and programming
  • Developing income generation opportunities
  • Investing in new marketing and promotional strategies
  • Recruiting consultancy and advisory services
  • Introducing interventions to ensure the venue is Covid-safe for the workforce and the public

We aim to support at least 16 museums through this scheme ensuring a fair geographical spread over the south east region.

How much can I apply for?

Applicants can request between £750 to £3000.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is Friday 27 August 2021 (12 noon).

We will announce the outcome of the applications by 13 September 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 cannot 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.


Successful applicants must:

  • Finish the proposed activity by 31 March 2022.
  • Complete a short final report including an itemised list of expenditure.
  • Provide some feedback to help us evaluate the scheme.
  • Submit visitor data to next year’s Annual Museum Survey 2022.

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 Grant Application Form.

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