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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 response programme has consisted of several phases of funding. Currently we have one fund open for applications:

COVID-19 Museum Development Fund

This fund is open to Local Authority museums, museums managed by ALEOs and University museums and can  support projects that will help these organisations to build resilience and address challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to projects focussed on re-engaging with communities, developing digital capacity and workforce capacity and resilience. There will be two rounds of funding closing on 13 November 2020 and 5 February 2021.

Our COVID-19 Adaptation Fund is currently closed to new applications. This fund, which opened in June, has made awards totalling £330,000 to support museums with the costs of opening back up in compliance with government guidelines around Covid 19. The fund is currently closed to allow us to focus on delivering our other response funds. We are aware that those museums planning to open in 2021 are also facing the need to make adaptations and we hope to be able to open this fund again in the new year.

During 2020 we ran three other funds that are now permanently closed.

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.

The Recovery and Resilience Fund  ran from August to October 2020, awarding £4 million to independent museums run by not for profit organisations supporting operating costs (up until 31 March 2021) or activity that will help them to achieve greater financial sustainability by 31 March 2021.

Our Funding Programme

COVID-19 Museums Development Fund

Local Authority museums, museums managed by ALEOs and University museums can apply for up to £60,000 to deliver projects that will help them build resilience and address some of the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Support for Making an Application

If you have any questions about the 2020/21 funding programme or would like to get advice on applications you are considering making, 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)
Published 21 October 2020