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Funding Overview

Funding Overview

Museums Galleries Scotland distributes funding from the Scottish Government to support development in Scottish museums. The funding is allocated through grants to project activity which aligns with the aims of Going Further: The National Strategy for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries and with the development plans of the individual museum.

Our Funding Programme

Funding Priorities

We fund projects that deliver against the aims of the National Strategy in a wide range of ways, including our core themes of Collections, Learning and Audience Engagement. Alongside this, we particularly want to see projects that align with our current three priority themes of enterpriseskills development and advocacy.  All applicants will be asked to relate their projects to one of these themes.

The majority of our investment in the sector is distributed through two funds:

Small Project Fund

Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to support Accredited Scottish museums to deliver small projects. MGS grants can fund up to 75% of the project costs. There are three rounds of this fund in 2018/19. Click here for further details on the Small Project Fund.

Closing date

Award date

2 March

9 April

8 June

16 July

28 September

5 November

 

Museums Development Fund

Grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 are available to support Accredited Scottish museums (or museums working in partnership with Accredited museums on projects in which the main benefits are for Accredited museums) to make strategic steps forward. MGS grants can fund up to 75% of the project costs. There are two rounds of this fund in 2018/19. Click here for further details on the Museum Development Fund.

 

Closing date

Award date

27 April

22 June

12 October

7 December

 

In addition to these two funds, we run a small Purchase Fund which is open to small independent museums to support them to make small equipment purchases.

We also run the Festival of Museums Fund annually (usually closing in late November) to support Accredited museums to run events as part of the Festival of Museums.

Occasionally we have additional funds for specific areas of work. We are currently running a round of World War One Commemoration Funding (closing date 26 January 2018) and a Vocational Pathways Fund (closing date 19 February 2018).

Funding for Recognised Collections

Funding which is ring-fenced for Recognised Collection holders is distributed through the Museum Development Fund. Organisations that are eligible to apply for Recognition Funding will be asked to answer additional questions in their Museum Development Fund application. These applicants also have the option to apply for 100% funding from that fund and for up to £60,000 twice a year.

Funding for Non-Accredited Museums

The majority of our funding is available only to Accredited museums. However, small amounts of funding are available to Scottish non-profit, non-Accredited organisations that hold collections which are accessible to the public. Such organisations can apply for up to £1,500 for work which will help them to develop in line with museum standards. They can apply for £1,500 all in one go or for smaller grants adding up to £1,500. However, once they have received £1,500 they will not be eligible for any further funds unless they achieve Accreditation. This funding can be accessed by applying through the Small Project Fund.

Support for Making an Application

If you have any questions about the 2018/19 funding programme or would like to get advice on applications you are considering making, you can make an appointment to talk our Investment Manager Gillian Simison. Surgeries will be running on 23 and 24 of August 2018 and you can book a slot on our event pages.

Making an Application 

Applications should be made through MGS Online. Full details about the individual funds and how to apply can be found on our Funding page

Eligible applicants will normally be limited to receiving a maximum of two grants from the Museum Development Fund per year.

Grants awarded by MGS (note 9)

MGS Grants awarded 2015-16 (PDF, 211KB) MGS Grants awarded 2016-17 (PDF, 443KB) MGS Grants awarded 2017-18 (PDF, 382KB)