Collections Access Fund

How much can you apply for: £100 – £1,000 per annum

Purpose of Grant: To support museums to increase access to collections by improving documentation, storage and care of collections through delivery of collections training for staff and volunteers, by improving displays and information about collections and by addressing backlogs.

What the grant can fund: Training costs; purchase of documentation, conservation and storage materials and equipment; costs of working with collections specialists/conservators over a defined period to address any of the above (Museum Development can help you find specialists that can support you and appropriate trainers if needed).

Eligibility: Applicants must be an Accredited Museum or with ‘Working Towards Accreditation’ status.  Provisionally accredited museums are eligible to apply.

Your application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Project is viable, achievable and clearly planned
  • There is a demonstrable need.
  • Urgency of need and availability of other suitable funds
  • Outcomes will demonstrate impact of funds.
  • Project demonstrates value for money.
  • Application demonstrates 10% match funding towards total project cost

Match funding: MDEM can fund up to 90% of the total project cost. A 10% match funding contribution by the museum can be in cash and/ or volunteer-time where appropriate (see application form).

What we cannot fund:

  • Revenue costs such as salaries and general running costs (a grant can however fund additional staff time needed to deliver the project/ contractors/ short term contracts)
  • Building (capital) work
  • NPO museums

How to apply:

You can download the application form here: Collections-Access-Grants-Fund-Application-Form-2021-22

For more information, please contact the Regional Collections Adviser, Anita Hollinshead: anitahollinshead@hotmail.com

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