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Funding Overview

Funding Overview


Museums Galleries Scotland distributes funding from the Scottish Government to support development in Scottish museums. MGS’s regular funding programme has been suspended to allow flexibility to respond to the situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Overview

Our COVID-19 response programme has consisted of several phases of funding:

The COVID-19 Adaptation Fund supported independent museums with the costs of opening back up in a way that ensures the safety and confidence of staff, volunteers and visitors while restrictions are still in place due to COVID-19. The fund supported costs of essential adaptations, equipment and training. The fund is currently closed but we hope to reopen it shortly. 

Through two rounds, the Recovery and Resilience Fund distributed £7 million amongst 98 independent museums across Scotland put at risk by the pandemic, supporting them with operating costs and activity to help them achieve greater financial sustainability.

The COVID-19 Museum Development Fund had two rounds of funding closing on 13 November 2020 and 5 February 2021 supporting Local Authority museums, museums managed by ALEOs and University museums to deliver projects that will help these organisations to build resilience and address challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Urgent Response Fund ran from April to August 2020 providing urgent support to independent museums and galleries critically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Digital Resilience Fund ran from April to July 2020, making awards totalling more than £110,000 to support the purchase of equipment necessary to enable work from home and provision of digital access to museum collections and activity.

Our Funding Programme

All of our funding streams are currently closed however, details of our 2021-22 funding programme will be published here shortly.

Support for Making an Application

You can contact our Grants Team by email at

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

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) MGS Grants Awarded 2018-19 (PDF, 169KB) MGS Grants Awarded 2019-20 (PDF, 170KB)