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Small Project Fund

Apply for up to £5,000 towards the cost of a small project that will help your museum to develop. Proposals should support the aims of Going Further, the National Strategy.

About the fund

This fund is designed to support museums to carry out small discrete projects in line with their own continuous improvement goals and the aims of the National Strategy.

Projects should demonstrate one of the following:

  • an enterprising approach – either with an innovative way of solving a problem or involving income generation
  • skills development (for staff and or volunteers)
  • advocacy – helping to raise your museum’s profile

What we can fund

We can fund a wide range of activities. What is key for us is that your project will have a clear and measurable impact for your collections, audiences, workforce and/or your museum's sustainability in line with our National Strategy.

As a result of MGS funding:

Outcomes for Collections

1.      Collections will be better managed and cared for *

2.      Collections knowledge will be developed and made more accessible

3.      There will be greater awareness of Scottish museum collections both within the UK and internationally *

Outcomes for Audiences

4.      There will be a wider range of ways to access and engage with Scottish museum collections *

5.      Education in Scotland will be enhanced by museum programmes

6.      A more diverse range of people will be engaging with museum collections

7.      The health wellbeing of individuals and communities will be enhanced through participation in Scottish museum activity

Outcomes for the Sector Workforce

8.      The Scottish museum sector will be supported by a more diverse and skilled workforce

9.      Scotland’s museums will develop more collaborative relationships to share resources and expertise

10.   Scottish museums will contribute to the development of the sector through innovative and ambitious practice and shared learning *

Outcomes for Sustainability

11.   Scotland’s museums will be more sustainable because they exploit a more diverse range of funding sources *

12.   There will be increased awareness of the positive contribution museums make to society amongst stakeholders and funders *

13.   Scottish museums will become more resilient through stronger governance and strategic and financial planning

14.   Scotland’s museums will be operating in more environmentally sustainable ways

* These outcomes also align with the objectives of the Recognition scheme

Eligibility

Any organisation that runs an Accredited Museum in Scotland can apply.

(N.B. Applications from partnerships are welcomed, but must be submitted by a partner organisation that runs an Accredited museum. In all instances Accredited museums must be the main beneficiaries of the funding.)

Awards

Organisations running Accredited museums can apply for £500 up to £5,000 and up to 75% of the total project costs.

When to apply

There are three rounds of funding in financial year 2019/20. All successful applicants must start their project within 6 months of receiving the award and will have one year within which to complete their project. They must submit their final claim within 2 months of project completion.

Round Deadline Award
1 28 February 2019 9 April 2019
2 6 June 2019 16 July 2019
3 26 Sept 2019 5 Nov 2019

How to apply

Applications to this fund are now open. 

If you wish to discuss any potential applications please contact our Grants Team at investment@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk or on 0131 550 4115.

https://mgs-online.org.uk/

Assessment criteria

We’ll assess your application in terms of:

Need

We will look at how well you have demonstrated the need for this project and the suitability of your chosen approach.

Impact

We will look at:

  • How well your project will deliver our grant outcomes

We are interested not in how many outcomes you deliver but in whether you have developed your project with the outcomes in mind. For example, a project that is focused on upgrading your museum displays for audiences will probably also present opportunities to develop workforce skills and collections knowledge. We want to see that you are making the most of these opportunities with our funding.

  • to what extent the project will support your organisation to improve in line with your stated plans

Feasibility

We will be looking for evidence that your project can be delivered on time, to budget, to specified standards and with the identified outcomes.

What we can't fund

  • Core work or fill in for funding cut from core services
  • Maintenance and like-for-like replacements
  • Acquisitions
  • Projects that have already started, or will start before our published decision date (this does not include preparatory work)
  • Continuations or repeats of projects we have funded before, unless it can be demonstrated that there is new work taking the project on to another stage with new benefits to be gained
  • Salaries for existing staff, unless it can be clearly demonstrated that the work is additional to their normal contracted hours
  • Project contingency

Case studies

Information and inspiration on projects MGS has previously funded through the Small Project Fund. 

Linlithgow Heritage Trust - Capacity Building Project

This case study is about a capacity building project to increase the resilience of Linlithgow Heritage Trust. You should read it if you are interested in improving the leadership, governance, and long-term sustainability of your museum.

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Fife Folk Museum - 'Things We Love' 

This case study is about producing a new exhibition where the museum volunteers themselves were the focus. You should read it if you are looking for ways to recognise and celebrate the contribution of your own volunteers or to make use of an underused area of your museum. 

Read more

Contact

Our Grants Team are available on:
Telephone: 0131 550 4115
Email: investments@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk