Saving Collections Grants

In partnership with South Downs National Park Authority

Saving Collections is a grant fund which aims to help museums cover additional security and collections care costs incurred as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

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

The grants are funded by South Downs National Park Authority and administered by the South East Museum Development team.

Who can apply?

The grant is open to all accredited/formally working-towards-accreditation museums that are located within 4-miles of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire and Sussex that have collections relevant to the story/history of the South Downs.

Priority will be given to independent museums that normally receive little or no public funding.

National Portfolio Organisations and National museums are not eligible to apply for the grant.

How much can I apply for?

Museums can apply for a maximum of £2000.

How do I submit an application?

  • You should contact your MDO to discuss your application.
  • You should read the guidance document below to help you with your application.
  • You should complete a Saving Collections Grant Application Form. Only fully completed forms will be considered and processed.

When will I hear whether my application has been accepted?

We aim to assess applications and contact applicants regarding the outcome within 2 weeks of submission.

Is there a closing date?

We are assessing applications on a ‘rolling’ basis. This will allow us to respond to requests quickly. There is a finite pot of money available, so the scheme will close when the funds have been fully committed, or by 30 June 2020.

Saving Collections Grant Guidance and Application form 2020-21 PDF

Saving Collections Grant Guidance and Application form 2020-21 Word

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

Applications accepted from 1 May 2020

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