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Recovery Grants for museums in the south west.

Applications for our 2021/22 Recovery Grant scheme are now closed.

About the Recovery Grants scheme

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In recognition of the considerable challenges facing the sector, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are positioning our resources for a second year to support museums and heritage organisations to embark on the process of recovery by offering Recovery Grants. We are pleased to have been awarded an additional £25,000 by Art Fund to support these grants.

For a number of reasons, many of the museums we work with have been unable to access emergency funds; the furloughing of staff, ineligibility for funding and volunteer capacity all contributed to the difficulties in accessing these financial measures.

For some museums re-opening will mark the start of recovery; others may have already re-opened but their recovery is ongoing and for some the recovery process will continue to involve new ways of engaging whilst remaining closed until current social distancing rules are reduced or removed entirely.

This scheme aims to support museums to:

  • Adapt or develop new ways to connect with and engage their community
  • Purchase equipment and undertake activity to support readiness to reopen safely
  • Invest in the health and wellbeing of their paid and volunteer workforce
  • Enhance existing, or start new, digital activities to increase reach *
  • Respond to the environmental emergency and reduce their environmental impact

*Applicants will be required to ensure their approaches meet current accessibility requirements related digital content and delivery. Please see our resource on website accessibility.

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Grants available:

The total budget for the scheme is £65,000. We encourage applicants to carefully consider the value of their grant request so that we can support as many museums as possible.

  • Individual applications of up to £10,000 per museum organisation
  • Cash match funding is not required

Is my museum eligible to apply?

This grant funding is open to museums and heritage organisations which are:

The eligibility of this grant funding has been extended to include:

  • Museums and heritage organisations participating in collaborative South West Museum Development projects receiving direct investment from funders. Download the list of museums (Excel).
  • Applicants who have previously received a Recovery Grant from South West Museum Development are eligible to apply providing their project is complete.

Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from the following museums:

  • Applicants within the eligible category which currently hold a live grant award with South West Museum Development which is expected to finish after 31 July 2021.
  • National Museums (Fleet Air Arm Museum or Tate St Ives)
  • National Portfolio Museums or partner museums within National Portfolio Museum Consortium

We will prioritise funding for those museums which have not been awarded Covid Emergency Response Funds (Cultural Recovery Funding) from Arts Council England, British Film Institute, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund.

How can I find out more?

What are the key dates?

  • Application deadline: 12 Noon Monday 12 July 2021
  • Applicants notified of outcomes: Monday 19 July 2021
  • Projects can start: Monday 26 July 2021
  • Projects complete and submission of grant claim paperwork: Monday 31 January 2022

How do I submit an application?

Applications are now closed.

What have we previously funded under this scheme?

£78,735 was awarded to 23 museums across the South West of England in 2020. Projects included:

  • Developing school and community outreach programmesand support for those delivering virtual events programmes.
  • Resources for creating podcast and radio broadcaststo access new audiences.
  • Support towards creating Covid-secure museum experiencesand in-gallery digital engagement.
  • Creating a pop-up museum, handling collection and resources project, to reach isolated and disadvantaged communities.

Museum Development united kingdom logoMuseum Development UK has produced this Recovery Grants Quantitative Evaluation Report to demonstrate the awards and grant distribution across the UK.

Find out more

For further information or support, please get in touch and select ‘Grants’ in the drop down options.

If you would like to request alternative versions of this information or require assistance with accessing this information in other formats then please get in touch with [email protected].