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In a release issued by the Scottish Government the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs has announced support of more than £1 million for Scottish museums and galleries.
Project funding of £970,000 and £100,000 capital funding has been allocated from the Scottish Government’s 2012-13 draft budget, Fiona Hyslop has confirmed.
Of this, £400,000 will be available to accredited museums and galleries via Museums Galleries Scotland main and small grant schemes. The remaining funds are ring-fenced for the Recognised Collections of National Significance.
Ms Hyslop said:
“Scotland is a nation rich in heritage. The collections held in our museums and galleries tell the story of our people and our contribution to the world.
“Our museums and galleries welcome millions of visitors every year and are tremendously important to Scottish tourism and the economy. They are also of huge educational and social value to people across Scotland.
“Despite deep cuts in public finances imposed by the UK Government, I have prioritised my budget to minimise as far as possible the impact on our cultural and heritage sector.
“I am continuing to invest in our museums and galleries in 2012, the Year of Creative Scotland. The sector will undergo a transformation during this landmark year with the launch of the new National Strategy and National Development Body. These vital changes will help the sector develop creative, innovative and collaborative solutions to the challenges it faces.”
Joanne Orr, Chief Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:
“We welcome this announcement by the Scottish Government. To receive this commitment in the current challenging economic climate is a real endorsement of the importance of the Scottish museums and galleries sector. This maintained level of funding allows us and the sector to continue undertaking projects which benefit and enrich communities throughout the country.”
MGS is currently inviting applications to the next round of main grants. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 2 February 2012. For further information visit our grants pages
27th Dec 2011