The Kathy Callow Grant

The Trust was founded in 1994 from part of the estate of the late Kathy Callow ‘to provide awards with a long-term benefit to the Public for the conservation of social history evidence and artefacts in small museums.’   Kathy was the curator of the Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne, and an active and long-standing member, latterly a fellow, of the Museums Association. The Kathy Callow Grant amalgamated with the Daphne Bullard and Elizabeth Hammond Grants in the Association in 2016.

What projects are eligible?
The Kathy Callow Trust makes grants to smaller Accredited museums to assist with the costs of conservation and display projects, which might be part of an exhibition, improving stored collections or running workshops for people connected with museums. Please note we do not support projects where ‘permanent display’ is used to describe how the object(s) will be made accessible to the public – please see terms and conditions for further information.

The Trustees particularly welcome applications on the following aspects of social history conservation: the disadvantaged in society, history of dress, women, the sea, industrialisation, and small localities.

How much is available and when to apply:
The total sum available for grants each year is approximately £1,000. Grants are made on a first come first served basis with the grant year starting in July. Applications may be made at any time. Applications which are eligible for a grant but for which there is no funding may be held over at the applicant’s request, until funding is available the following year.

The sum granted will be influenced by the long-term value of the project and the degree of preparatory thought that has been put into determining the content of the work and its costs.

Who can apply?
Grants are made to smaller Accredited museums with an annual revenue (turnover) of less than £750,000.

How to apply:
If you are interested in applying, please read the following guidance notes and complete and submit the application form below:

Kathy Callow Trust Guidance Notes
Kathy Callow Application Form

If you have any questions about the grant, please email the Hon Sec at

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