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Navigating funding for non-NPO museums

Use the WMMD flowchart to help select the options to available to you.


Aim has a web page to provide advice on support packages that are available to museums.  Click here to access it.

NEW Art Fund

Art Fund has announced additional funding supporting museums and galleries through reopening and beyond. This includes:

  • Respond and Reimagine Grants The grants might help organisations identify works at risk; ensure works or objects related to the pandemic are collected or commissioned; or support previously planned exhibitions to take place. They might support the improvement of digital skills and help raise income through digital, build staff confidence and adaptability, cover practical costs associated with re-opening, and preserve museum roles. The grants may also support museums unable to access sufficient public funding to prevent immediate insolvency.
  • A £280,000 partnership with the Museum Development Network will distribute additional grants prioritising museums who have not yet received public funding and smaller museums fulfilling specific cultural or local needs. For West Midlands Museums WMMD have launched Recovery Grants find out more here

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy/ Cause4

Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy are offering a FREE hour of consultancy support every day on a first come first served basis to arts organisations that may need help in the coming weeks.  This power hour can be focused on a range of areas including income generation, fundraising strategy, or donor cultivation. Book here

Cause4 and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy have collated a list of responses to COVID-19 from major grant funders in the UK, including changes to strategic priorities, processes or funds available. These lists are being updated regularly. Read the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy list here, or the Cause4 list here.

Ticket Refund to Donation Guidance: Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has worked with Arts Council England to release guidance for arts organisations that are encouraging ticket holders to change their booking to a donation. This covers your legal duties, GDPR, and messaging advice. Read the guidance here.

NEW Julia Hans Rausing Trust

Julia and Hans Rausing are pleased to announce the launch of a new ‘Charity Survival Fund’.  A total of £10 million will be made available to support charities in the UK, targeting small and medium size charities.  The aim is to provide core funding to help charities overcome the impact of Covid-19, offsetting lost income.

More information about the Charity Survival Fund can be found here

ENDING SOON National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a new level of Heritage Emergency Fund grants worth £50,000-£250,000.

The Heritage Emergency Fund is accepting applications for two grant levels to cover emergency costs during this difficult time.


You can now apply for costs to help your organisation reopen and recover.

The application criteria and priorities are different for each level of funding.  Closing date for applications has been extended to 12 noon, Friday 31 July.

Find out more here

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