MDY Bid Writing Support for Non-NPO Museums

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MDY are offering support to enable you to take advantage of Covid-19 funding offered by major national funders and local initiatives.

In order to help museums respond to the various museum and more general financial support opportunities, Museum Development Yorkshire will be providing a number of one to one workshop sessions with people who have specific expertise in this field. This is in recognition that there are very short deadlines to apply for the emergency Covid-19 funding packages and that you will not be in your usual work environment and may not be experienced in bid writing especially at relatively short notice.

This support will consist of a pre-booked session of up to an hour with one of our consultants – we have engaged Gerardine Mulcahy-Parker, Liz Bennet, Jo Boardman and Claire Antrobus. You might use the session to discuss the current schemes and how they relate to your museum’s circumstances and discuss any questions you might have after reading the guidance available from Arts Council England and the Heritage Fund: &

There may also be schemes available from local funders that you want to explore.
Please note that we are unable to provide any guidance on the detailed implementation of the various schemes or the likelihood of success of your application. We have no insider knowledge!

You will need to provide details of:

  • Which funder will you be applying to
  • Which deadline you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / video conference)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and video conference username if appropriate, Skype username if you want to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)
  • If you have drafted an application, a copy of that text.

We will have up to 20 appointments allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis – please sign up via an expression of interest form: