The John Ellerman Foundation has announced that £500,000 of funding is now available to regional museums and galleries in the UK to enhance and sustain curatorial development and enable them to attract a broader public. Five or six grants will be available for periods of two or three years with the average grant expected to be in the region of £87,000.
The Fund is open to a wide variety of collection types including visual and decorative arts, archaeology and social and natural history collections.
The Museums and Galleries Fund aims to enable new ways of working for established curators and those just starting out or to ensure that organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change. Preference will be given to organisations with an income between £100,000 and £10million.
Local authority, independent museums and contemporary galleries without permanent collections are also eligible to apply. While priority is given to small to medium-sized museums and galleries outside of London, national and/or London-based institutions may also apply if their project brings significant benefits in the regions.
There is a two-stage application process and the closing date for stage one applications is the 29th November 2019.