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MGS Awards Emergency Grants To Support Sector Resilience

MGS Awards Emergency Grants To Support Sector Resilience

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is pleased to announce that they have awarded emergency funding to support over thirty museums and galleries across Scotland during this challenging time.

MGS has initiated a three-phased approach of ‘Emergency, Recovery and Resilience’ to support museums and galleries in 2020/21. To immediately address the situation the Scottish Government provided £700,000 of funding for MGS to distribute through an Urgent Response Fund for independent museums and galleries. We have also created a Digital Resilience Fund to help museums to purchase the necessary equipment to work from home and to provide digital access to museum collections and activity.

Currently MGS has awarded the Urgent Response Fund to six museums to cover core running costs. Thirty museums have been awarded the Digital Resilience Fund.

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said:
“ We are in daily contact with the sector and are highly aware of the challenges faced by them, especially by independent museums, who have been particularly hard-hit through loss of income. At a time when many museums and galleries are facing financial and organisational uncertainty, we are ensuring that our emergency funds are assessed on a rolling basis, are processed as quickly as possible, and remain responsive to the sector’s needs.

We are working with the sector, the Scottish Government, and other organisations to support museums and galleries through the process of reopening after lockdown, so that they can welcome visitors once again to enjoy and be inspired by the collections they care for.”

The Emergency Funds are assessed on a rolling basis. A list of awards made under this programme can be seen here.

Published 19 May 2020