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Our Small Grant: Big Improvement scheme is not currently open for applications.

You may be interested in applying for one of our Recovery Grants, now open for applications for 2021/22.

If you have any queries regarding future grants or an existing project, please get in touch using our contact page and select ‘grants’ from the list of options.


About Small Grant: Big Improvement

We know that a small amount of money can make a big difference to museums and the communities in which they work.

The Small Grant: Big Improvement Grant Scheme was created to serve this need by South West Museum Development using funds from Arts Council England and local authorities which financially contribute to South West Museum Development.

The Scheme aims to help museums to:

  • Explore or develop new ways of working, to improve how they run
  • Enhance what they offer their local community, or audiences from further afield
  • Become more “future-proof” so that they can thrive now, and in the years ahead

The Small Grant: Big Improvement funds projects that address one of the three strands of Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme: Organisational health, Managing collections and Users and their experiences.

 Case Studies of past projects:

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