Art Fund & MDUK – Recovery and Reset Grants 2022

Through a continued partnership with Art Fund, Museum Development North West, Museum Development Yorkshire and Museum Development North East are pleased to launch Recovery and Reset Grants 2022, open to museums in the North of England.

Through Museum Development UK’s continued partnership with Art Fund, Museum Development teams in the North of England have secured an additional £37,250 to add to a ringfenced pot of £15,000 from our Arts Council England investment to award as Recovery and Reset Grants.

A single Accredited museum or museum working towards Accreditation can apply for up to £5,000. A partnership of museums or a museum service with multiple Accredited sites can apply for up to £7,500. Where a partnership of museums or a multi-site organisation is applying, the project must involve a minimum of two Accredited sites.

National Portfolio Organisations, nationally funded museums, English Heritage and National Trust properties are ineligible to apply, although they can be part of partnership bids.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 30th September 2022.


The main aim of the fund is to support recovery and reset of museums in the wake of COVID-19 under three key areas:


  • Developing and Using Collections in New Ways: Digital engagement; co-curation; community engagement; commissioning; contemporary collecting; stories and interpretation linked to key issues (i.e. Equity and social justice and the climate crisis)


  • Audience Development: Destination marketing; supporting local audiences; giving a voice to underrepresented groups; involving more young people in museums; working with the wider cultural sector in your locality to strengthen your offer and collaborate with other organisations and groups; collecting and using audience data; community consultation


  • Volunteering and Workforce Development: New volunteering models; recruitment; training and development; health and wellbeing


The full guidance for Recovery and Reset Grants 2022 can be found here.

Applications are to be completed and submitted using an online form that can be accessed here.

You can save your application as you go along. If you would like a PDF copy of the form for reference or if you have any access barriers to completing the online form, please get in touch with your local Museum Development provider.