Grants

SEMDP run several small grant schemes each year which aim to help museums, and the museum workforce, grow and develop.  Our grants are mostly funded by Arts Council England.

Click on the links below for information about open grants schemes including guidance notes, eligibility criteria and application forms.

SEMDP Grants 2020-21


Recovery GrantsArt Fund Logo

Supported by Art Fund and Museum Development Network (MDN)

We have joined forces with Art Fund and our fellow Museum Development Providers to offer Recovery Grants aimed to help museums to navigate effective reopening, meet audience needs, and develop a sustainable offer in the coming months.

Recovery will look different in every museum.  For some, recovery will be reopening to visitors with a modified offer.  For others, recovery will involve staying closed and using that time to undertake constitutional changes, restructuring, strategic planning and/or virtual programming.

About the Recovery Grant

  • Grants up to £7,500
  • Available to museums in the South East that are accredited or formally working towards accreditation
  • Museums that have not received emergency funding from Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, or Historic England
  • Applications open 6 July 2020
  • Round 1 deadline: 4 August 2020 – 12 noon
  • Round 2 deadline: 15 Sept 2020 – 12 noon

Recovery Grants are about more than planning and preparing to re-open.  This funding can fuel the creativity and ingenuity and support museums to adapt and find new ways to connect, engage and inspire their communities.

Given the diverse needs of our sector, Recovery Grants are flexible and will fund a wide range of activity, apart from capital project costs and revenue costs such as salaries and general running costs.

For further information, please contact your local Museum Development Officer.


Collections at Risk Grants

THIS GRANT IS NOW CLOSED.

We are pleased to have awarded over £20,000 to 13 museums in the South East to help cover the cost of additional security and collections care incurred in response to the Covid-19 crisis.


Saving Collections Grants

THIS GRANT IS NOW CLOSED.

In partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority we are pleased to have awarded over £18,000 to 10 museums in the Hampshire and East and West Sussex to help cover the cost of additional security and collections care incurred in response to the Covid-19 crisis.


Ready to Reopen Grants

THIS GRANT IS NOW CLOSED.

We are pleased to have awarded over £46,000 to 30 museums in the South East to help cover the cost of preparing and adapting their site for reopening.


Helping Museums Apply for Emergency Relief Funds

Request one of our free bid-writing surgeries with Sonia Rasbery to hone your emergency grant applications including those offered by Art Fund, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Bounce Back Loans.

Contact your Museum Development Officer to book a time.


 

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