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Funding Overview

Funding Overview


During 2021-22 we will be running funding streams to support museums to deal with the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and to deliver projects that will build their resilience and enable communities to engage with their collections. In order to remain flexible to address the needs as they emerge we have launched an initial phase of funding with rounds running up until July. Further rounds of funding will be announced in the coming months.

Our Funding Programme

Small Grants Fund 

To support museums to get back on track with activity whilst still dealing with COVID-related financial challenges, we have opened a new Small Grants funding stream.

This fund will cover small-scale project activity, as well as resource and activity that is not project based but which will deliver outcomes in relation to building operational resilience, re-engaging with communities and audiences, addressing critical repairs or maintenance or improving environmental sustainability. Applicants will be required to show why the activity is essential, the impact it will have and why financial support is required to deliver it.


Museum Development Fund

Accredited museums will be able to apply for between £15,000 to £50,000 (or up to £60,000 for museums caring for Recognised Collections) for projects which will help them to make strategic steps towards becoming more resilient organisations in line with the aims of the National Strategy. Priority will be given to activity around building resilience, re-engaging communities, workforce development, increasing digital capacity and responding to the climate emergency.


Year of Stories 2022 - Community Stories Fund

The YS22 Community Stories fund has been designed to support a wide range of organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them with new, creative events, activities and programming.

The fund is open to organisations or groups working with communities across Scotland and is being delivered in partnership between Museums Galleries Scotland and VisitScotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.

A total fund value of £300,000 is available for eligible events planned to take place across 2022. Organisers may apply for individual grants of between £500 - £5,000.

The deadline for applications for the first round of funding is 5pm on 1 October 2021. A second funding round will open for applications from 24 January 2022 with a deadline for applications to be submitted by 5pm on 18 March 2022.

More Information

Support for Making an Application

Please contact our Grants Team prior to beginning work on an application at 

Grants awarded by MGS (note 9)

MGS Grants awarded 2015-16 (PDF, 211KB) MGS Grants awarded 2016-17 (PDF, 443KB) MGS Grants awarded 2017-18 (PDF, 382KB) MGS Grants Awarded 2018-19 (PDF, 169KB) MGS Grants Awarded 2019-20 (PDF, 170KB) MGS Grants Awarded 2020-21 (PDF, 535KB)