Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) Round 3

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Arts Council England’s application portal for Expressions of Interest for the next round of MEND opens on 6th March at 9am and will close on 21st April 2023. This round is for projects that will be delivered between April 2024 and 2027. Those applicants that are invited to submit a full application will have between 30th May and 18th August 2023 to make their application.

Eligible organisations are non-National Accredited museums or Local Authorities responsible for maintenance of non-National Accredited Museums. Museums that are working towards Accreditation and will have full Accreditation by the time of a full application (if invited) can make an EoI. The fund aims to address urgent repairs (needed within 1-2 years) and maintenance to improve core infrastructure and reduce risk to buildings, collections and people. Work to building services and to improve accessibility are also eligible. You will be required to provide match funding of 5 or 10% according to the project scale.

Expressions of Interest must be accompanied by a recent costed condition survey (costs must be from within the last 12 months). Those invited to full application will need to be able to submit RIBA 3 or equivalent plans and costs to support their full application.

More information and guidance can be found at Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND) Round 3 | Arts Council England

ACE will be updating their website FAQs and sharing the slides and recording from a webinar held on 27th February 2023.