The Major partner museums programme was officially launched on 1 April 2012, providing regional museums with regular funding for three years, until 31 March 2015. This first round of investment is made up of 20 Major partner museums across England.

We are now preparing for the next three-year Major partner museums programme, from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018. Applications to the programme opened on 7 January 2014. 

The application process and timeline

Applications opened on 7 January 2014, and organisations have until 12 noon on Monday 17 March 2014 to complete and submit their applications.

There are four steps to the application process, as follows: 

1.    Read the funding guidance carefully, and contact us before applying.
2.    Start completing the online application form.
3.    Provide only the information we have asked for.
4.    Submit your online application form.

For more information on these steps, please explore our Major partner museum 2015-18 application guidance pages.

We will tell you by 1 July 2014 whether you have been successful and how much funding we are offering for 2015-16, with an indicative amount for the remaining period of 2016-18, pending confirmation of our settlement from government. 

Further information

Find out more about our existing Major partner museums.

Explore our guidance pages on applying to be a Major partner museum, 2015-18.

Read our FAQs for Major partner museums.

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