Funding and Investment

Our Investment Programme is made up of a number of funds through which we support museums to develop in line with the National Strategy.

Information about our investment programme is available below, with links to pages on each fund where you can access further information and application forms.

Fund Closing DateAnnouncement Date
Small Project FundRound One4 Mar 201618 Apr 2016
 Round Two3 Jun 201615 Jul 2016
 Round Three16 Sept 201628 Oct 2016
Strategic Investment Fund 22 Jan 20164 Apr 2016
Capital Fund 7 Oct 2016Dec 2016
Festival of Museums 20 Nov 2015Jan 2016
Recognition FundRound One6 May 2016Early Jul 2016
 Round Two10 Oct 2016Dec 2016
World War 1 Fund 30 Sept 2016Dec 2016

Our funding programme is also avilable to download from the right hand side of this page, this is updated quarterly.

If you have any queries about the new funding programme, please contact the Investment Manager by email ( or on 0131 550 4115.

Information about the Grants Awarded by MGS in 2015-2016 can be found and downloaded on the following page:

Investment Fund Surgeries

If you would like to discuss a potential application, please book a slot at one of the following surgeries:

Apply Online

MGS has an online application system for its investment programme. Most of our funding streams require applications to be submitted via this system. Click here to access the system.

Some information on alternative sources for funding can be found in the section Other Funders which you may find useful.

Pages in this section

Small Project Fund

Fund to support museums to deliver small projects that will assist them to develop in line with the National Strategy

Strategic Investment Fund

Fund to support larger projects that will increase the impact of Scottish museums

Capital Fund

Fund to support museums to carry out capital projects

Purchase Fund

Fund to support small independent museums to make small equipment purchases

Gateway Fund

Fund to support development of standards and museum activity at organisations not currently Accredited

Recognition funding

Funding for collections with Recognised status

Skills Development Fund

Fund to support museum partnerships to run collaborative skills development programmes

Information for existing grant holders

Information for current grant holders

Other Funders

Links to other funders for museums and galleries in Scotland

Festival of Museums Fund

Funding information for museums wishing to take part in Festival of Museums 2016

Partnerships Fund

Information about the fund and how to apply.

World War 1 Fund

Information on this years World War 1 Fund

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