Grants may support the conservation and/or preservation of individual objects, groups of objects, or the improvement of conservation and/or preservation programmes through the purchase of supplies and equipment, including security measures, insurance, and temperature and humidity controls.
Grants are available to museums wishing to develop better and more accessible inventory of collections, particularly digitisation, online cataloguing and other technology-based improvements. Grants are not available for the acquisition of objects or to commission artworks.
As part of the application process, museums will be expected to demonstrate that they have consulted with recognised experts who have confirmed the importance and relevance of the material, that the preservation project has a long-term justification, and that the museum has the technical skills and professional staff to conduct this process, or that it will hire professionals.
We recognise the vast differences between big and small museums, and we encourage museums with limited staff and resources to propose projects within their capacity.
Applicants from our recent Spring 2020 round who completed a second-stage application will receive their funding decision in August 2020.