Welcome to the Major partner museums 2015-18 application pages. Here you will find everything you need to make an application to the programme, presented in more detail in our Major partner museum 2015-18 application guidance.

Please note: applications to this funding programme are now closed
Major partner museums 2015-18 applications opened on 7 January 2014, and museums have until 12 noon on Monday 17 March 2014 to complete and submit their applications.

Expectations of Major partner museums

From reflecting our refreshed strategy, Great art and culture for everyone, to demonstrating a commitment to equality and the Creative case for diversity; we have set out the expectations we will have of our Major partner museums in 2015-18.


Here we explain the eligibility criteria to become a Major partner museum, along with any restrictions that mean you won’t be able to apply.

Timeline and how to apply

This section covers the four steps of applying to the Major partner museums programme and the timeline for applicants.

The decsion-making process

Once the eligibility of an application has been confirmed we then consider each application against the published criteria. This section expands on these criteria, referencing the Major partner museums 2015-18 application guidance.  

Frequently asked questions

This page should answer any questions you may have about the application process.