This programme is now open for applications.
The aim of the Museum development grants programme is to ensure that a network of advice and support is available for all Accredited museums, as well as those working towards Accreditation, no matter what their size or scope, so that they can maximise their benefits to audiences and communities. The fund will support a national network of organisations that promote museum development, and will also complement existing support provided by other funding agencies, including local authorities.
Arts Council England invites suitably qualified organisations to bid to provide Museum development programmes across England. We are open to applications from organisations wishing to cover any geographic area. We do, however, need to ensure that full national coverage is achieved and that we have a manageable number of funding relationships.
A sum of £3 million is available for 2015/16, with indicative budgets for 2016/17 and 2017/18 remaining at that level. Like all public bodies, the Arts Council does not know the level of grant-in-aid that it will receive in 2016/17 and 2017/18 but have decided, nevertheless, to invite applications for three years of Museum development funding.