The PRISM Fund 2015/16 is now closed for applications.

The Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM) Fund awards grants towards the costs of acquisition and conservation of items or collections which are important in the history and development of science, technology, industry, and related fields.

The PRISM Fund can offer grants of up to £20,000, or 90 per cent of the total project costs.

The fund covers England and Wales. A parallel fund for the purchase of objects relating to the arts, literature and history is administered by the Victoria and Albert Museum

Corresponding schemes are administered in Scotland and Northern Ireland by National Museums of Scotland and the Northern Ireland Museums Council respectively.

The 2015/16 Fund has now spent up and is closed for applications. The 2016/17 Fund will open on 1st April 2016.

Contact PRISM

If you have an enquiry about the PRISM Fund that is not answered by the guidance notes, please email


Download and read the guidance document: PDF

Please note that this guidance will be subject to some changes for the 2016/17 Fund.