Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – 11th September 2019 (UK)

Museums, galleries and partnerships from across the UK can apply for grants of between £20,000-£120,000 to support projects that can demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people and deliver social impact for people and communities.

Projects can last up to three years.

To be considered, applications must both:

  • work with an existing collection or collections to improve understanding of them and increase their use; and
  • through that collections work, involve, inspire and have value for people, communities and audiences.

Applications are assessed for:

  • the potential of the collection to inspire and interest their audiences, and the coherence of their plans to enhance its understanding and use
  • the approach to engage and involve local communities, communities of interest, or other audiences in the collection, and the sense of how this will enhance the lives of those taking part
  • the beneficial impact on the applicant organisation and individuals within it, and, where appropriate, how the project benefits partner museums, the wider museum sector, or partners from other sectors
  • the project’s feasibility and value for money
  • the longer-term legacy of the work and the strength of the applicant’s plans to make it sustainable.

The funding is being made available through the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and the deadline for applications is 5pm on the 11th September 2019.

Useful Links:

Round 18 EFCF guidance and criteria for applicants (word)

 Round 18 EFCF initial application form (word)

 Projects that have already received funding (word)

 Measuring Socially Engaged Practice: a toolkit for museums (pdf)

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