£4 Million Available to Museums and Galleries to Improve their Displays and Facilities – 1st September 2018 (England)

Museums and galleries across England can apply for a share of £4 million to improve displays and facilities.

Funded through a partnership between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Wolfson Foundation, these grants will be used for renovation and improvement projects in 39 museums and galleries. It will allow museums and galleries to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces.

To date, the partnership has committed some £44 million to the improvement of 382 museums and galleries across England. The programme is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and DCMS. The maximum grant that can be awarded is £300,000.

Projects funded in the past include:

The Weald and Downland Museum in Chichester which received a grant of £224,500 towards a project to reconstruct two significant but currently dismantled historic buildings dedicated to the production of food.

The Bolton Library and Museum Service which received a grant of £200,000 towards its First Impressions project which will transform the visitor experience in the 1939 Grade II Listed building by creating a new welcoming and engaging space in which their collections can be viewed.

There is a two-stage application process and the deadline for stage 1 applications is the 1st July 2018. Applicants successful at stage 1 have until the 1st September 2018 to submit a full application.

 Useful Links:

Funding FAQs

Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund Youtube Video (2011 but still relevant)

http://www.wolfson.org.uk/funding/arts-and-humanities/museums-galleries/dcms-wolfson-museums-and-galleries-improvement-fund/

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