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MGS Grants Awarded

Museums Galleries Scotland distributes funding from the Scottish Government to support development in Scottish museums. View the grant awards MGS has made so far in 2022/23.

MGS Grants Awarded

During 2022-23 we have awarded further Covid recovery funding from the Scottish Government and we are running our regular Small Grant and Museum Development Fund programmes. We have also distributed a second round of the Community Stories funding supporting museums and other cultural organisations to engage with Scotland’s Year of Stories, details of those awards are available on the Community Stories Fund page.

Funding Awards

Resilience Fund

At the end of 2022 MGS took the decision to pause its standard funding programme and to introduce a new fund responding to the significant financial challenges faced by museums. The Resilience Fund was introduced to increase the resilience of Accredited museums, supporting them to reduce costs, increase income and/or support their local communities, with a particular priority for energy efficiency projects. Nine awards were made in January and further decisions will be made in March.

Organisation Award
City of Edinburgh Council £23,614
Dornoch Heritage SCIO £10,000
Dundee Heritage Trust £34,123
Eastriggs and Gretna Heritage £31,273
Grampian Transport Museum £30,000
Ness Historial Society £17,164
North Lanarkshire Council £3,240
The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) £48,093
The Whithorn Trust £43,470


The Wild Escape 

We have awarded grants of up to £3,000 to support activity for The Wild Escape (formerly known as The Great Escape), which will feed into a UK-wide moment on Earth Day 2023 (Saturday 22nd April) in all participating organisation, demonstrating the sector's response to urgent challenges facing our environment, and a positive call to action. 

Organisation Award
Live Argyll £3,000
Strathnaver Museum Trust £3,000
Mount Stuart Trust £2,990
Moray Society £2,522
National Trust for Scotland £3,000
Leisure and Culture Dundee £3,000
Trimontium Museum Trust £2,930
High Life Highland £2,973
North Lanarkshire Council £2,353
Edinburgh Printmakers £3,000
St Andrews Preservation Trust £3,000
David Livingstone Trust £3,000
The Whithorn Trust £3,000
West Highland Museum £1,500


Forums Fund

The Forums Fund is part of the Forum Connections project and is there to support participating geographic forums to undertake small scale projects that will build their capacity for future collaborative working inline with their forward plans.

Organisation Award to be offered
Argyll & Bute Museums & Heritage Forum £4,469
Museums and Heritage Highland £12,800


Small Grants Fund 

We have awarded grants of up to £15,000 to support activity to re-engage audiences, build resilience and environmental sustainability or to address critical repairs and maintenance (including collections management work). 

Organisation Award
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Trust £7,179
Auchindrain Trust - Urras Achadh an Droighinn £14,621
City of Edinburgh Council £10,242
Dornoch Heritage SCIO £741
Highland Museum of Childhood Trust £8,000
Ness Historical Society - Comunn Eachdraidh Nis £9,485
South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture Ltd £4,738
University of St Andrews £11,250
West Highland Museum Trust £15,000
Crail Museum & Heritage Centre £1,825
Glasgow School of Art £14,400
The Tall Ship Glenlee Trust £8,000
Glencoe Folk Museum £15,000
Helmsdale Heritage Society £10,000


Museum Development Fund

Through two rounds (June and October) we are making grants to Accredited Museums undertaking strategic projects that will help them to becoming more resilient organisations in line with the aims of the National Strategy. Visit the Museum Development Fund page for details about future rounds.

Organisation Award
The Tall Ship Glenlee Trust £35,800.00
South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd. £36,755.00
Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums £60,000.00
Glencoe Folk Museum £45,840.00
Scottish Football Association Museum Trust £50,058.00


Museums Recovery Fund  

The Scottish Government allocated £3 million of revenue funding to support Scotland’s independent museums at risk from ongoing financial challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisation Award
Alford and Donside Heritage Association £4,146
Applecross Historical Society £12,500
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Trust £31,555
Arisaig Community Trust £4,000
Art in Healthcare £30,372
Braemar Royal Highland Charity £20,000
Clan Macpherson Museum Trust £9,690
Dalkeith History Society £3,700
David Livingstone Trust £140,500
Dundee Heritage Trust (Dundee Industrial Heritage Trust) £260,124
Dundee Museum of Transport £36,527
Eastriggs and Gretna Heritage £70,150
Edinburgh Printmakers £18,000
Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust £15,000
Finlaggan Trust £5,766
Gairloch and District Heritage Company Ltd £22,300
Glenesk Museum Trust £55,000
Govan Heritage Trust SCIO £28,976
Govan Workspace £25,056
Grampian Transport Museum Trust £95,435
Helmsdale Heritage Society £26,375
Innerpeffray Mortification £10,740
Islay Museum Trust £8,280
Kilmartin Museum Company Ltd. £96,611
MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust £24,387
Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust £22,500
Moray Society £3,800
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses £97,631
National Mining Museum Scotland £100,000
Ness Historical Society - Comunn Eachdraidh Nis £38,769
Newton Stewart Museum Trust £11,000
North Uist Historical Society - Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath £10,440
Orkney Natural History Society Museum £54,720
Paxton Trust £150,000
Penicuik Community Development Trust £9,600
Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust £48,438
Pier Arts Centre Trust £96,000
Robert Burns Ellisland Trust £17,687
Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust £112,000
Scottish Maritime Museum Trust £56,134
Scottish Railway Preservation Society £18,280
Skye & Kyle Rail Development Company Ltd £9,000
Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum Trust £90,000
Strathnaver Museum Trust £21,576
The Abbotsford Trust £175,830
The Highlanders' Museum (Queen's Own Highlanders Collection) £57,760
The Living Memory Association £17,850
The Scottish Crannog Centre £49,398
The Tall Ship Glenlee Trust £90,000
The Whithorn Trust £27,012
Thirlestane Castle Trust £35,000
Unicorn Preservation Society £81,500
Wanlockhead Museum Trust £44,400
West Highland Museum Trust £22,500


Previous Funding Streams

Recovery and Resilience Fund 2020/21 

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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) MGS Grants Awarded 2021-22 (PDF, 218KB)