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MGS announces changes to open access to Small Project Fund

Lucy Casot announces changes to encourage more museums to access funding

MGS announces changes to open access to Small Project Fund

MGS removes match funding requirement for Small Project Fund

Today (17 June), at Museums Galleries Scotland's sold out learning symposium Bright Sparks: Shining A Light On Museum Learning, being held at the Engine Shed in Stirling, MGS Chief Executive Lucy Casot officially announced that there will no longer be a 25% match funding requirement for applications to their Small Project Fund.

As Lucy explained in her speech, some organisations were finding the need to supply this match funding a barrier to applying, and the move has been made in a bid to ensure that a greater number of museums will be able to access up to £5,000 funding for museums' projects and programmes through MGS grants.

Lucy underlined that, although there will be no requirement to supply match funding, the grant pot is not unlimited, and it is hoped that organisations will make reasonable financial contributions to projects when and where they can, so that MGS can ensure they are able to support as much good work as possible across the sector.

The changes to the fund will come into effect with the next round of the Small Projects Fund, which will close on 26 September. Changes will appear on the MGS website shortly.

 If you have any queries about the changes, please contact Gillian Simison, Grants Development Manager, on 0131 550 4115 or

Published 17 June 2019