Green grants for museums in the south west.

Applications for our Green Grants scheme have now closed.

Our Green Grants have been designed to support museums to engage with their communities on the issues of the climate challenge and explore positive actions.  These grants are delivered by South West Museum Development with funding from Arts Council England.  The launch of Green Grants coincides with the COPS 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference and aims to connect museums and communities on the local impacts of climate change.

Green Grants is part of the South West Museum Development’s Environmental Sustainability programme of activities which include training and skills and the Museum Development England Roots and Branches project in partnership with the Carbon Literacy Trust.   The project is led by our Museum Carbon Literacy Officer and which will see over 1,500 people from over 300 museums Carbon Literacy certified and develop action plans for reducing their carbon footprint.

Green Grants will provide funding for museums in the South West to connect with and engage communities in order to build knowledge and understanding of the impact of the climate emergency and explore positive actions together.

This scheme aims to support museums to:

  • Developing new or enhancing existing exhibitions and or displays
  • Community engagement and or outreach programmes
  • Informal education and or schools programmes
  • Public engagement; talks, events etc.,
  • Digital activity including online content e.g. exhibitions, events, etc.,

*For projects involving digital delivery applicants will be required to ensure their approach meets current accessibility requirements

Grants available:

  • Individual applications of up to £2,500 per museum organisation (minimum grant £500)
  • Cash match funding is not required but is encouraged

Is my museum eligible to apply?

Your museum must:

  • Be located in the South West of England (ONS Region)
  • Be Accredited, provisionally Accredited or formally recognised as Working Towards Accreditation
  • Not hold a live grant award with South West Museum Development

Unfortunately we cannot accept applications for this grant programme from the following museums:

  • NPO museums or museums within an NPO Consortium
  • National Museums (Fleet Air Arm Museum or Tate St Ives)
  • Non-Accredited museum/ heritage sites

How can I find out more?

If you have any questions or want to talk through your ideas for an application, please either speak to your MDO or contact us through our contact form and select ‘Grants’ from the drop down menu.

What are the key dates?

  • Application deadline: 12 Noon Monday 14th February 2022
  • Outcome letters issued: Monday 28th February 2022
  • Grant acceptance deadline: Monday 7th March 2022
  • Projects can start: Monday 7th March 2022
  • Projects complete by: Monday 10th January 2023
  • Submission of grant claim paperwork: 12 Noon Monday 10th January 2023