Capacity Builder

Develop professional skills and build confidence with this grant

South West Museum Development Programme

Applications for this grant open on Tuesday 7 May and early September 2024

Grants available: £400 – £1,500

This funding scheme offers grants to help develop professional skills and build confidence amongst those working in museums. This funding is open to all Accredited (or Working Towards Accreditation) museums in the South West including National Portfolio Organisations but excluding National museums.

These grants can be used to help individuals, teams or groups of museums (collaborations) engage with training and other continuing professional development (CPD) activities. Maybe there is a conference coming up that would be a fantastic networking opportunity for a member of your staff; or perhaps a newly formed volunteer team would really benefit from a visit to another museum exhibition; or maybe you have identified a shared training need with another museum and could bring in a consultant to deliver a group session.

Individuals can be paid staff, volunteers, or trustees. We accept applications from freelance consultants who have a current contract with an eligible museum.

Museums can apply for up to one individual award per Capacity Builder round (up to two per year) and either one team or one collaboration award per year (one in either May or September 2024). Museums may also hold another Museum Development South West grant whilst applying for Capacity Builder grants. Any application for Capacity Building must come from the museum who will be the grant recipient (i.e., we do not pay individuals directly).

Grants available

  • Individuals can apply for up to £400
  • Teams from the same museum can apply for up to £1,000
  • Collaborations between museums can apply for up to £1,500

Timelines and deadlines

  • Applications open: Tuesday 7 May 2024
  • Application deadline: 12 Noon Monday 17 June 2024
  • Notification of application outcome: Friday 28 June 2024
  • Deadline for award acceptance for successful applicants: Friday 5 July 2024
  • Claims must be received by: Friday 27 September 2024
  • Claims will be paid within two weeks of final reports and receipts showing relevant expenditure are received.

Submit your Application Here