The Designation development fund round 2 is now open.
Organisations can apply for project funding for work taking place between April 2014 and March 2016, with applications for grants of between £40,000 and £90,000. The budget for 2014-15 will be £700,000; we expect to be able to announce budgets for 2015-16 in early 2014.
Applications must be received by 12 November 2013.
The Designation development fund is investing £700,000 in 2014-15 and more in 2015-16 to support projects that ensure the long-term sustainability of Designated museum collections, and which maximise their public value and the sharing of best practice across the sector. This will enable greater audience enjoyment with collections which play a vital role in England's cultural life.
The successful organisations will use this money to improve their collections for the benefit of their audiences, improving enjoyment, understanding and engagement.
The Designation Scheme identifies the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England's non-national museums, libraries and archives, based on their quality and significance. These inspiring collections represent a vital part of our national cultural and artistic heritage.
Last year's round of Designation development funding supported 25 projects in the following museums:
- Beamish The Living Museum of the North
- Black Country Living Museum
- Bristol City Council
- Derby City Council
- Horniman Museum and Gardens
- Leeds City Council
- Mary Rose Trust
- Museum of English Rural Life
- Museum of the History of Science
- National Motor Museum Trust
- Northamptonshire Borough Council
- Oxford University Museum of Natural History
- Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
- Pitt Rivers Museum
- Plymouth City Council
- Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
- Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive
- Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
- Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
- Sir John Soane's Museum
- Tank Museum
- The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
- Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
- Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
- Wiltshire Heritage Museum
The following libraries shared an additional £28,401 of Designation development funding in 2012-13:
- Westminster Reference Library
- Birmingham Central Library
- Bristol Central Library
For more information on individual awards download a spreadsheet of the successful projects.
To find out more about Designation, visit the Designation page of our website.