South East Museum Development runs several small grant schemes to help museums with priority areas of development.  Our themes reflect key priorities identified by museums in our region.

Our grant schemes will launch at different times throughout the year.  Sign up to receive our free e-newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest grants news.

Do you need help putting together a grant application for a major funder?  We offer free grant-writing surgeries. Contact your local Museum Development Officer for details.

Collections Care Grants

Collections are the backbone of every museum.  This year, multiple lockdowns and reduced staff/volunteer capacity have left many collections neglected and in need of urgent attention.

We will offer grants of up to £600 to address preventive conservation concerns.

Opens 4 May 2021.

More information coming soon.

Fundraising Skills Builder Grants

Our Skills Builder grants are there support the continuing professional development within the museum workforce.

This year, our grants will focus exclusively on the development of fundraising and grant writing skills to help museums build capacity in this area.

We will offer grants of up to £750 so individuals (or teams) can engage with training and other CPD activities that improve fundraising skills.

This grant is available to staff and volunteers working in museums that are Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation in the South East of England.

Opens 1 June 2021

More information coming soon.

Innovate to Generate Grants

To stabilise their financial position during these turbulent times, museums are exploring ways to diversify income streams. We recognise that trying something new often comes with risks, which can stop good ideas from being developed.

Our new Innovate to Generate scheme offers grants of up to £1200 to encourage museums to explore and pilot new, innovative income generation ideas as part of their quest to build a stronger financial future.

This grant scheme will be supported with free training events about income generation to build confidence and share best practice.

Opens 1 July 2021.

More information coming soon.

Accreditation Development Grants

To achieve and retain Accreditation status, museums must take steps to address any ‘areas for development (or improvement)’ that are identified in their award letter from Arts Council England.

Our new Accreditation Development Grants offer up to £1000 to help museums resolve outstanding ‘areas for development or improvement’ to strengthen their Accreditation submissions.

Opens 1 September 2021.

This is not an ‘open call’ grant.  Museums will be invited to apply following a consultation with our Accreditation Advisor.

More information coming soon.

Creative Collections Grants

Museums must strive to be inclusive and relevant to today’s audiences.  They can do this by exploring hidden stories within their collections, and by working with under-represented communities.

Creative Collections is a new scheme that offers up to £2000 for activity that encourages museums to develop their collections through co-creation and collaborative practice.

We will accept proposals that explore ways to re-assess collections; work with guest curators to unearth hidden stories; and co-curate events or exhibitions with under-represented community partners.

Applicants will be required to attend (or watch a recording) of a virtual training event which unpicks the scheme in more detail, providing inspirational examples of what can be achieved.

Opens 1 Sept 2021.

More information coming soon.

Free Grant Writing Surgeries

Request one of our free grant-writing surgeries with Sonia Rasbery to hone your grant applications for external funders.

Available from 4 May 2021.

Contact your Museum Development Officer to book a surgery.

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