• Museum of East Asian Art © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography
    Museum of East Asian Art © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography

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.

This scheme is available to museums in the South West that are Accredited, provisionally Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation.

Funding is available for projects that address one of the following three strands:

  • Audiences – projects that support museums to grow or diversify audiences, support community engagement or digital engagement
  • Collections – projects that improve collections care and management
  • Resilience – projects that support organisational development, volunteering, financial and/or environmental sustainability

SWMD is committed to supporting equality and diversity in the museum sector. SWMD particularly welcomes applications under these strands that seek to improve the representation of their community within their museum and their museum’s activities as part of their project.

There are three sizes of small grants available:

  • Grants of up to £500 are available to support projects without match funding.
  • Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support projects with a minimum of 25% match funding.
  • Grants of up to £7,000 are available to support partnership projects involving three or more museums with a minimum of 25% match funding.

Grants for Collections activity will be limited to £500.

The deadline for applications for our 2018/19 round is Monday 20 August 2018.

To find out more information and apply click on the drop-down menus below.

Are you eligible to apply?

The scheme is open to museums in the South West that are Accredited, provisionally Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation. Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations cannot apply.

Only museums in local authority areas where the local authority financially contributes to South West Museum Development Programme are eligible for this grant scheme as it is this additional investment that makes this grant scheme possible.

Museums situated in the following areas under the below local authorities are currently eligible:

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bournemouth Borough Council
  • Budleigh-Salterton Town Council
  • Cornwall Council
  • Dorset County Council
  • East Devon District Council
  • Exeter City Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Mid Devon District Council
  • North Devon Council
  • Poole Borough Council
  • Sidmouth Town Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • South Hams District Council
  • South Somerset District Council
  • Stroud District Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Teignbridge District Council
  • Torbay Council
  • Wiltshire Council

If your museum received SGBI funding last year, the museum have completed and have met the conditions of the previous grant to be eligible for further funding.

Museums must have completed the two previous years of the South West Museum Development Annual Data return or submit any missing returns as part of your application.

How to apply?

1. Before you apply you should read the funding guidance notes included at the front of the application form to make sure that your project fits within our funding guidelines.

2. You should contact your local MDO to discuss your project proposal. Your application will not be eligible for funding unless a completed draft application has been received and endorsed by your local MDO prior to the application deadline specified in the scheme guidance notes.

For Collections based projects you must also contact the Conservation Development Officer Helena Jaeschke.

For Audiences based projects please contact Audiences & Insights Officer Rachel Kavanagh . If your project also a digital focus please also include Digital Engagement Officer Sarah Madden in your correspondence.

If you are applying for a partnership grant then you must also contact the Museum Development office at [email protected] .

3. You can read examples of previous successful applications in the tab below and view case studies from previous rounds on our case study pages.

4. Complete the grant application form and submit this along with any supporting documentation to the Museum Development office at [email protected] .

Contact

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Roz Bonnet at [email protected]

South West Museum Development, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Scheme guidance and application form

For full guidance on the scheme and the application form please download here:

SGBI-2018-19-Application-Form-and-Guidance-Notes

Grant Recipients

Grant conditions

When you were awarded a grant you were issued with a grant offer letter setting out the terms and conditions of the grant – any special terms associated with your grant would have been added to our standard terms and conditions. You may request a copy of our standard grant terms and conditions at anytime, contact us at [email protected] . When you return your grant acceptance you acknowledge your organisation’s acceptance of our terms and conditions.

Interim Reports

Award holders with grants over £500 are required to complete an interim report. The deadline for this interim report will be specified in your grant conditions. The named contact on the grant application will be emailed an interim report template to be completed. The interim report must be forwarded to your local MDO for comment prior to submission.

Claiming your grant

In order for us to release funds you must submit the following documentation:

  • A completed claim form (template supplied)
  • A completed case study (template supplied)
  • Evidence of expenditure
  • An image or other documentation which reflects your project

No grants will be paid prior to receipt of this information. You can request the templates and send your completed documentation either by email or post using the contact details below.

Once this received grant payments will be paid by cheque or BACs within 28 working days unless otherwise stated.

Contact

If you have any queries regarding your grant please contact Roz Bonnet, [email protected] .

South West Museum Development, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Logos

Logos

ACE and SWMDP branding should be acknowledged in any output, publicity or promotional material produced by the museum in association with the work or project.

ACE Logo can be found here.

SWMDP Logo is available to download below. Please click on the link and then right click on the image to save as to download the JPEG to your computer.

Downloads
Other information

Read our tips on writing a grant application.

Take a look at case studies from previous projects funded by the grant scheme.