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Funding Overview

Funding Overview

Streamlined Funds

Museums Galleries Scotland is reducing the number of funds in our funding programme to make it easier for museums to know which fund to apply to.

The majority of our investment in the sector will now be distributed through two funds:

  • Small Project Fund
  • Museum Development Fund

The Purchase Fund and Festival of Museums Fund will continue.

The temporary World War One Fund will also continue. The next deadline for applications is 4 August 2017. 

Recognition Funding will be distributed to eligible projects through the Museum Development Fund and the Small Project Fund. It will continue to be ring-fenced for Recognised Collection holders and they will still be able to apply for grants of up to 100% of project costs and up to £60,000.

Although we will no longer offer specific capital, partnership and skills development funds, we will seek to continue to support projects that focus on these areas through the Small Project Fund and the Museum Development Fund.

Funding Priorities

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

Funding Surgeries

If you have any questions about the 2017/18 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 2017 and you can book a slot on our event pages.

Making an Application

The above changes took effect for the financial year 2017-18. Applications to the first rounds of the 2017-18 programme opened in January 2017.

Museum Development Fund

There will be two round this year: 

Closing date

Award date

28 April 2017

early June 2017

13 October 2017

mid-December 2017

Small Project Fund

There will be three rounds this year;

Closing date

Award date

3 March 2017

14 April 2017

2 June 2017

17 July 2017

15 Sept 2017

30 Oct 2017


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

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


Grants awarded in 2015/16 (note 9)

Grants Awarded 2015-16 (PDF, 211KB)