Escaping Lockdown Grant

In response to the current crisis we are launching a grant fund to help you better survive now and prepare to reopen and relaunch your museum.

We are encouraging projects of £500 to £1000, with NO match funding. We do require a clear project plan that addresses either:

  • A key immediate issue that has resulted from the current lockdown
  • Helps you connect with audiences while you are closed
  • Helps you engage with volunteers and staff while your museum is closed
  • The reopening and relaunching of your museum including measures to make your visitors and your staff and volunteers feel safer while on site

We require a clear action plan that relates to your museum’s key purpose and, if possible, a timetable. We recognise that we are still in uncertain times so if the plan or timetable needs to change, we are prepared to be flexible as the situation develops.

The fund is now live and available on an open application basis, with assessments carried out weekly. All monies must be spent and claimed by the end of the financial year. We strongly advise you to speak to your Museum Development Officer before submitting your application.

For speed and simplicity, we are using the existing small grant system. (the small grants do remain open for larger projects). For the guidance notes and links to the online application form, visit:

REMEMBER: If you need any further advice please contact your local Museum
Development Officer who will be pleased to comment on potential projects
for funding and assist with any queries on the paperwork.