On Display!

Our grant scheme to support help museums conserve beloved objects

South West Museum Development Programme

Applications for this grant open on Tuesday 7 May 2024

Do you have a particular object you would love to display?

Do you have a group of objects in your store that would inspire a new audience?

Do you need conservation support to be able to display them?

Many museums have objects they would love to have on display but are unable to do so due to their condition or a lack of suitable display options.

On Display! supports the conservation of individual objects or small groups of objects specifically to enable museums to display them and engage audiences in their stories. You may want to treat an object currently in storage, or an item which is new to your museum. It must require a special display mount or conservation work before it can be put on display. As part of the grant, the object or objects must be on display by December 2024 and be supported by either current or new interpretation or activities to engage audiences. In addition to the grant you will be entitled to half a day of tailored advice from our Conservation Development Officer to provide further support.


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Upcoming Grants for 2024

We’re announcing our new grant funding rounds for 2024/25, there will be five different opportunities to secure funding.

Scheme aims

  • Demonstrating the value of heritage: museums will select object(s) with the aim of engaging specific audiences in the story of those object(s) through associated interpretation or engagement activity 
  • Collections development: museums will be able to display object(s) that have previously, or recently, been stored away from public view due to their condition or lack of suitable display options.  

Grants available

  • Individual applications of up to £3,000 per museum organisation, (minimum grant £1,000) 
  • Cash match funding is not required but is encouraged 

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: 12 Noon Friday 5 July
  • Successful applicants may start their projects: Monday 8 July
  • Projects must be completed by: Friday 25 February 2025
  • Project claims must be received by: 12 Noon Friday 28 February 2025
  • Project claims balances to be paid two weeks after project reporting processes are complete


Submit your Application Here