• Somerset Rural life Museum © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography
    Somerset Rural life Museum © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography


Our grants programme spans the ACE five strategic goals and aim to support museums develop in areas of collections excellence, audience development,  digital engagement and resilience. Our active and inactive grants are listed below.

Small Grant: Big Improvement

The Small Grant Big Improvement scheme is part of the South West Museum Development Programme funded by Arts Council England. The scheme provides funding to support museums across the South West to address a broad range of development needs in order to improve their services, strengthen their sustainability and build resilience.

More information (applications have now closed)

Ready to Borrow

We deliver the Ready to Borrow Capital Grants Scheme (formally Small Scale Capital Grants Scheme) on behalf of Arts Council England (ACE) for the South West.

The aims of the funding are:

  • To increase in the number of Accredited non-national museums able to take loans from National museums or Major partner museums
  • To improve the longer term infrastructure and capacity to manage significant and strategic loans in the region

Funding stream currently closed