Ready to Borrow: Small Capital Grants
Museum Development East Midlands is pleased to announce a new round of capital grants in the East Midlands, funded by Arts council England and administered by MDEM, totalling £232,800.
The scheme encourages museums in the region to make partnerships with national museums through borrowing objects. Museums can apply for grants of up to £50K to purchase capital assets that enable projects to meet the required standards of national museums when loaning their collections. This is a very exciting grant fund for the region and as such we expect application numbers to be high. Grant applications open on 17 August 2016 with a closing date of 24 October 2016.
What can the funding cover:
The funding is designed to fund capital works to help museums to accept loans from national museums. This may include:
- upgrade in gallery security
- purchasing of display cases
- investment in monitoring equipment
- upgrading the environment in gallery spaces
- other associated works
Who is eligible:
Only museums who are accredited or working towards accreditation are eligible to apply for the fund. If applying you will need to demonstrate:
- capital assets to purchase and full costing
- objects planning to borrow
- museum(s) planning to borrow from
- exhibition resulting from loans – when
- whether museum has worked with national partners before
- what impact this activity will have on museum’s future resilience
How to apply:
Applications to the scheme are now open, the closing date is the 24th October. We will be hosting a launch workshop in partnership with the University of Nottingham Museum who have previously benefited from the fund, which we strongly advise all applicants to attend:
23rd September 10am-4pm, University of Nottingham Museum, Lakeside
In the first instance all applicants should also discuss their initial project with Claire Browne, Regional Programme Manager Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07973 800072.
Download the application form here Capital Grants Application Form 2016-18
Please note 10% match funding is required. Payments will be made in phases – 50% in Year 1 (by end Mar 2017) and 40% Year 2 (by Mar 2018) – all purchases made by Mar 2018. 10% will be delivered when final report and evidence received by MDEM – the final 10% payment will be in May 18. Assets purchased must be shown on museum balance sheet. Grants of £50K will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances – most likely most grants will be £20-30K.