Funding is available for capital projects which enable museums to receive significant loans by meeting the requirements of lenders. Suitable projects could include installing new display cases, fitting appropriate lighting systems, improving security of premises, or installing environmental monitoring and control equipment. It could enable a museum to meet Government Indemnity Standard (GIS) for the first time, enabling it borrow from National museums.
All projects must be for capital expenditure, which is defined as funds spent on the purchase, improvement, restoration, construction or creation of an asset. 10% match funding is required, some or all of which can be in-kind support through staff and volunteer time, and other contributions.
Applications are now invited for round 2 of the funding, and we have just extended the deadline to 26 May 2017. Please see the Guidance Notes below for details of how to apply. Museums are encouraged to complete a Project Enquiry Form before submitting a formal application, and to work with your county Museum Development Officer (or other museum professional) to ensure strong applications. It is not essential to have a formal loan arrangement with a National or Major Partner Museum before applying, but a sound idea of which items you would like to borrow and what you must do to meet the lender’s conditions will be a definite advantage.Application Form Guidance Notes Enquiry Form