There are four steps to applying:

1. Read the guidance carefully and speak to a relationship manager

Before applying, download and read our guidance from the side of this page. It gives you information on how to apply for funding, and answers some common questions. You must also have a preliminary conversation with us before applying for Museum development. You should contact the Customer Services team on 0845 300 6200 or and ask to speak to an appropriate museums relationship manager at Arts Council England.

2. Fill in the online application form          

You must apply using the application form in our website. Printed applications will not be accepted. If you have difficulty applying online and require advice on accessible formats of guidance and ways of applying, please contact our Customer Services team on 0845 300 6200 or

Use the online application to tell us about your organisation, how you plan to contribute to our goals, how you will effectively manage the programme of work that you propose, how you will demonstrate leadership, and your capacity for financial viability.

The form also asks for information that we may use to report to government or to monitor the profiles of people who receive funding. We will not use this information to assess your application.

3. Provide only the information we have asked for

You must attach the required financial documents as specified in section four of our guidance. For consortia, this should include the additional information also specified in section four. We will not consider any additional information you send after you have submitted your application unless we have specifically asked for it.

4. Complete your application online at via the application portal

Once you have registered online you can start your application, save your work and come back at any time to complete it. Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm Thursday 29 May 2014. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Click here to begin your application online