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What is a small WMMD grant?

Museums may apply for grants of £500-£3,000 for audience development projects.  Although this is a very competitive grant your museum should still apply and if you are unsure please contact your Museum Development Officer for further information.



Applicant organisations must hold Full Accreditation, Provisional Accreditation or be formally working towards Accreditation in order to be eligible to apply for this grant. We may draw upon Accreditation records with your permission.

Please note Major Partner Museums are not eligible to apply.


What will the grant fund?

For the 2017-2018 small grant, WMMD is offering grants of up to £3,000 to support museums to engage and develop their audiences through direct use of their collections outside of their museum venue.

Grants will support museums to raise the profile of key or significant collection items through audience engagement opportunities beyond the museum site. Museums are expected to prioritise collections currently in store, or which have limited public access. Wherever possible the scheme encourages museums to visit sites or events with opportunities to engage with audiences who do not traditionally visit the museum venue.

Funding can support a range of activity, for example, temporary or ‘pop-up’ exhibitions, outreach or handling activities, audience consultation events, first time visits to new local or community events, pilot projects with new user groups but must include use of the museum collections.

The grant can be used to support a larger project as long as this meets the criteria. All projects must be completed by 15 March 2018.


Deadline for applications

This grant for 2017-2018 is now closed.


Next steps

Look out for updates on our Small Grant Scheme by signing up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

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