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Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is pleased to announce the new Capital Resilience Fund 2023, thanks to the Scottish Government who have allocated £500,000 towards developing resilience in Scotland’s museums.

Non-National Accredited museums and galleries in Scotland will be able to apply for grants between £5,000 and £60,000. In exceptional circumstances applications may be considered that exceed £60,000 for high impact projects that can clearly be delivered within two-years.

The fund will support capital costs that directly increase the resilience of museums by increasing energy efficiency, reducing running costs or preventing increases in maintenance and repair costs.

Projects will be prioritised that will directly reduce carbon emissions or have a positive environmental impact, but all projects should aim for best practice in environmental impact in the way that they are delivered.

Culture Minister Christina McKelvie said:

“Given the current cost of living challenges and its impact on the ability of museums to run their services for the public, this £500,000 in funding will enable the museum sector to be more energy efficient. In particular the fund will prioritise projects that will directly reduce carbon use or have a positive environmental impact.

“As well as encouraging the sector to be more sustainable, the aims of the fund align with our national priorities and will contribute to Scotland’s target of net zero emissions by 2045.”

CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland Lucy Casot said:

“We welcome this additional funding from the Scottish Government to support the resilience of museums and galleries to continue their important work engaging with communities and telling the stories of their places and people.

“Focusing on lowering running costs and increasing energy efficiency will safeguard these spaces for years to come and better support our ambitions to become sustainable organisations that aspire to reach net zero.”