Museum Accreditation – re-opening from April 2021

February 2, 2021

The Museum Accreditation Scheme re-opens in April 2021.  Re-opening will follow a phased approach for applications and returns and all current Accreditation awards are extended for a further 12 months until April 2022.

Further information including FAQs is available on the Arts Council website.

New applications and museums Working Towards Accreditation

Museums Working Towards Accreditation and new applications can submit from April 2021, please register and submit your application via the Grantium Portal, help with registering on Grantium is here.

Applications and returns submitted prior to the pausing of the scheme in 2020.

If your application or return was received by Arts Council England prior to the pausing of the scheme in March 2020 and is in the system awaiting assessment or a decision, the central Arts Council Accreditation team will contact the museum directly to advise on next steps.

Provisional reviews

If you have a provisional review in progress, Arts Council will contact the museum; you’ll be able to review, make any updates, and resubmit from April 2021 onwards.

Accreditation Returns

Although unconfirmed, Arts Council is anticipating re-opening the scheme for return submissions in October 2021.

If you have worked on your Accreditation Return during lockdown and you are ready to complete the return, you should be able to submit from October 2021, using the Grantium portal.

A revised returns schedule will be issued in due course, providing museums with the usual six-month window invitation in which to submit.

Information and support

Please read the FAQS on the Arts Council website.  If you need additional support or advice please contact Heather Lomas, MDEM Accreditation Advisor  –

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