Grants

SEMDP run several small grant schemes each year which aim to help museums, and the museum workforce, grow and develop.

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

These grants are managed and distributed through SEMDP and are funded by Arts Council England.

SEMDP Grants 2020-21

Our regular grants schemes (Skills Builder, Collections Care, Level Up) are currently on hold while we look at how we can adapt this funding to respond to the Covid-19 emergency. We hope to launch these schemes later in the year.


Collections at Risk Grants

Collections at Risk Grants are designed to help Accredited/Working Towards Accreditation museums in the South East cover additional security and collections care costs incurred as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. We see this as an ‘emergency fund’ to help museums through the next 3 to 6 months.

Applications requesting up to £2000 can be submitted from 20 April.  Please note that the scheme is not open to National Portfolio Organisations or National museums.

Note: Museums can only receive one of SEMDP’s emergency grants:  Collections at Risk or Saving Collections (SDNPA).  


Saving Collections Grants

in partnership with South Downs National Park Authority

Saving Collections Grants are designed to help Accredited/Working Towards Accreditation museums located within or near the South Downs National Park (Hampshire and Sussex) cover additional security and collections care costs incurred as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. We see this as an ‘emergency fund’ to help museums through the next 3 to 6 months.  This grant scheme is funded by SDNPA, and administered by SEMDP.

Applications requesting up to £2000 can be submitted from 1 May and will be assessed on a weekly basis until 30 June 2020, or until funds have been fully allocated.    Please note that the scheme is not open to National Portfolio Organisations or National museums.

Note: Museums can only receive one of SEMDP’s emergency grants:  Collections at Risk or Saving Collections (SDNPA).  


Ready to Reopen Grants

Ready to Reopen grants are designed to help Accredited/Working Towards Accreditation museums in the South East prepare for the safe return of staff, volunteers and visitors when the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

The grant can be used to support a range of ‘reopening’ activity including: adapting Front-of-House and back office spaces for social distancing; purchasing protective equipment; enhancing digital and/or marketing activity; Health and Safety training for staff and volunteers; and commissioning new signage.

We see this as an ‘emergency fund’ to help museums through the next 3 to 6 months.

Applications requesting up to £2000 can be submitted from 18 May.  Please note that the scheme is not open to National Portfolio Organisations or National museums.


Helping museums apply for Emergency Relief Funds

With our Museum Development colleagues across England, we have developed a number of resources and programmes to help museums apply for Emergency Relief Funds from Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and Government Support for Small Businesses.

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